A veneer is a thin layer of material placed over the front surface of the tooth to improve the aesthetics and/or the function of a tooth.
Veneers may be made from either Composite Resin or Porcelain.
Composite Resin Veneers
Composite resin veneers are made from the same material that is used for white fillings -- a polymer-based material with a resin base and silica particles. Composite resin veneers can usually be performed in a single appointment. It involves careful and precise adaptation of the material directly to teeth with minimal or no removal of natural tooth structure. Unfortunately, the nature of the material means they are susceptible to staining, chipping and wear and usually require maintenance within 5 years and replacement after 5-10 years. Composite veneers are a great minimally invasive option for patients for their reversibility and conservative nature, or as a transitional restoration before committing to porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are made from a very strong dental ceramic, fabricated by a dental technician in a laboratory. Compared to composite resin veneers, porcelain veneers provide superior strength and aesthetics. They are the ultimate cosmetic treatment to transform your smile. The hand-crafted, ultra-thin porcelain shells have very high resistance to fractures and the average life expectancy is between 10-2-years. Porcelain veneers require minimal tooth preparation and are the most effective way to create a natural, straighter and more youthful smile.
Uses for Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers can be used for:
- Worn, chipped teeth
- Discoloured teeth
- Heavily filled teeth
- Teeth that are the wrong shape, size or length
- To improve smile aesthetics