If your teeth have cracks, chips, or are discolored or stained, your dentist may recommend veneers as a means of whitening and straightening your smile. Veneers are a thin, shell-like structure used to fully cover your teeth and create a healthy and strong-looking smile. They look and function in the same manner as your natural teeth, so you can go about your life brushing, flossing, and showing off your new teeth as usual.
There are many different kinds of veneers, each with specific purposes and strengths. Depending on the severity of your teeth, one option may work better than the others for your specific needs. To speak to a qualified dentist about creating a fuller and brighter smile, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at Journal Square Dental today.
4 Different Types of Veneers
In order to get a better understanding of which type of veneer could potentially be the best fit for your unique circumstances, the knowledgeable team at Journal Square Dental has put together a guide detailing four different types of veneer:
Palatal veneers, also known as palatal onlays, see the patching or covering of the back of the teeth. Only the compromised parts of the teeth are addressed while the rest are left untreated. This means that there is minimal prep work included and little to no shaving down of your teeth.
Palatal veneers are a good fit for those who have seen the wear and tear of their teeth due to bruxism (teeth grinding), a deep overbite, or even acid reflux.
Composite veneers are made of the same material used to fill cavities and, compared to the other veneer options, are a more affordable option. Made of composite resin, your veneers can be made fairly quickly, and the placement procedure typically only takes up to one day. The mix of organic and inorganic materials gives composite veneers a life span of five to seven years with proper care, including daily brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups.
Porcelain veneers are the most expensive and long-lasting veneer option available. They are also the most realistic-looking option and require the most shaving down of your natural teeth. This is done to give them a more natural fit and look. They are completely customized to your mouth and can last anywhere from 10-15 years with proper treatment.
Porcelain veneers are considered a great permanent fix for those unhappy with the look of their natural teeth.
Temporary, or removable, veneers are a more cost-effective and non-permanent option. There are two types of temporary veneers, including clip-on and instant. Both require an impression of your teeth.
While affordable, temporary veneers should not be seen as a long-term solution and instead should be utilized as a temporary fix until your permanent veneers are ready or you receive another form of cosmetic dentistry. They will need to be replaced often and can actually encourage the buildup of plaque.
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Veneers have become an increasingly popular option for those unsatisfied with their smiles. At Journal Square Dental, we have made it our mission over the last 25 years to handcraft the smiles our clients have always dreamed of and give them something to be proud of. If veneers do not seem like the best route of action for you, we are proud to offer other cosmetic and restorative options, including our Smile Makeover package. This includes straightening and whitening options.