Types of Dental Veneers

There are two types of dental veneers that are most commonly used in cosmetic dentistry. These include porcelain and composite veneers.

The porcelain option is a thin dental veneer that is bonded to your teeth. Prior to receiving your veneers, your dentist will take an impression of the appropriate teeth and send it off to a lab where your porcelain veneers will be constructed. Commonly used in upper-end cosmetic veneer procedures, porcelain veneers are resistant to staining and are very durable. Most notably, porcelain veneers are often a permanent veneer that provides long-term benefits to patients who want to improve their smile and tooth appearance.

Composite veneers are a less expensive option. Unlike the porcelain veneers, composite veneers are made in your dentist’s office and then bonded to your teeth. While the composite material is more likely to stain and is less durable than porcelain, good maintenance of composite veneers can help them last for many years. Patients should expect these to be replaced, however, as the material will eventually wear down and potentially stain after several years.

Chips in either type of veneer are possible but are much more common with composite veneers. These chips are easier to repair with composite, however.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact Patrick Toms DMD. We’re happy to set up a one-on-one consultation to discuss your dental needs and options.