Details on composite vs. porcelain veneers from your Norco dentist

We all would like to feel fully confident in our appearance. Living in a time when our appearance affects both our social and professional life, being concerned about appearance has nothing to do with vanity and everything to do with necessity. It is not necessary to purchase expensive clothing or jewelry, or to spend hours in the salon, to look and feel your best. What does matter is the look of your smile. We are creatures of habit, and what we tend to naturally notice first about other humans is their facial expressions, namely, the eyes and smile. To make a great first impression, come see us to handle the cosmetic concerns that cause you to hide one of your greatest assets.

Dental veneers are a popular form of cosmetic treatment for a number of reasons. Veneers are highly accessible, easy to wear, and very versatile in what they can do for the smile. Some of the concerns that can be covered with veneers include unresponsive stains, chips, cracks, and gaps. Depending on the type of cosmetic issue needing to be addressed, Dr. Shah may recommend either composite or porcelain veneers. Whichever you choose, your veneers will be crafted and placed in our Norco practice based on your specific needs.

Composite dental veneers are interesting in that they can be created directly on the tooth or teeth needing a boost. In this direct placement procedure, the tooth, or teeth, do not need to be reduced, as they do with lab-fabricated dental veneers. Teeth are cleaned and prepped with a solution that encourages the composite material to bond to surface enamel. Working with Dr. Shah, the most suitable shade of material is chosen and prepared, and then applied directly to the tooth, where it will set within a few minutes. Several coats of composite material are applied to build up the tooth and repair its specific concern, and the final product is then treated with curing light to harden it.

Composite veneers are strong and will last up to 15 years with proper care. It is important to remember that composite veneers are vulnerable to stain-causing substances such as red wine, coffee, tea, and tobacco products. Taking care to brush and floss teeth regularly will help veneers maintain their beauty for an extended period.

Porcelain veneers, while they cost more than composite veneers, will resist stains while creating a beautiful smile. In order to accommodate the thin sheets of porcelain, which are crafted in a dental laboratory, teeth will need to be reduced through the removal of a small amount of surface enamel. Due to this preparatory step, porcelain veneers is a permanent cosmetic enhancement that will need to be replaced when veneers have come to the end of their lifespan.

You deserve to feel confident when you smile. Contact us to learn which type of dental veneer is best for you.

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