This section offers information including:
- Plastic veneers, bonding and porcelain veneers
- So which are better composite veneers or porcelain veneers?
Composite resin is an artificial material, essentially a type of plastic, whereas porcelain is an organic natural glass material. Over time, composite veneers can become dull, stained, and worn because they lack the durable coloration, shine, and structure that porcelain provides.
Porcelain can closely mimic the look of natural tooth material. The handmade ceramic layering techniques that Dr. Castro’s ceramist uses in the laboratory create exquisite porcelain veneers. This highly controlled fabrication process also allows for consistency, symmetry, and optimal coloration among the veneers.
Composite resin, on the other hand, is a liquid plastic material that is layered directly onto each tooth, shaped, and buffed. This process is very challenging to master, and it is difficult to create great-looking results unless your dentist is incredibly skilled in this method. Furthermore, composite material does not resemble tooth material as closely as porcelain, and the aesthetics degrade relatively quickly.
The strength and structural characteristics of porcelain allow the veneers to be made ultra-thin and retain a smooth surface over time. Comparatively, composite veneers can often feel thick and rough. The majority of patients say their porcelain veneers feel virtually indistinguishable from their natural teeth.
- Treatment time:
While composite veneers can be completed within the span of one visit, custom porcelain veneers require two visits to your cosmetic dentist. In the long-run, however, high-quality porcelain veneers will require significantly fewer maintenance visits than composite veneers.
With proper fabrication, placement, hygiene, and protection, durable porcelain veneers should last for decades. Dr. Castro provides each of his porcelain veneers patients with a custom night guard to protect their veneers during sleep. Composite veneers, on the other hand, require replacement every few years.
Top-quality composite veneers may be half as much or a third of the cost of porcelain veneers; however, if you are looking to make a lasting investment in your smile, porcelain veneers are the superior choice. Over time, the maintenance and replacement costs that can accumulate with composite veneers make a good case for the long-term affordability and value of porcelain veneers.
While composite veneers can provide a quick, temporary cosmetic fix for chipped, damaged, gapped, or discolored teeth, high-quality porcelain veneers are always the right choice when you desire natural-looking, long-lasting results.
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Composite Veneers or Dental Bonding
Composite bonding (also sometimes called "direct veneers" or "plastic veneers") is a tooth-colored plastic resin material. Bonding can usually be placed in one visit and is used many times to repair a smaller chip in a tooth or to make aesthetic improvements in more than one tooth. Bonding usually requires little to no tooth reduction or anesthesia.
With composite veneers the resin is applied in layers to the tooth and sculpted directly in the mouth to achieve the desired esthetic the patient is looking for.
The greatest advantage of composite veneers is that it is an additive process that is reversible and can be removed and replaced as needed. Beautiful natural esthetics can be achieved in the right hands.Aesthetic dentistry is not for all dentists and involves extreme attention to detail. When accomplished properly no one should know you had the treatment.
Composite veneers are much cheaper than porcelain veneers in general, but considering that they do not last as long and need replacing more often they could end up costing more in the long run.
The disadvantage of Composite Veneersare they are more prone to staining and do not last as long as porcelain veneers which also offer more a natural looking, translucent tooth-like appearance.
The most popular type of veneers are porcelain, which offer a stronger and more durable alternative to its composite counterpart. Porcelain veneers are usually more aesthetic in terms of the spectrum of colors, realism and translucency because they are made in a lab out of porcelain. Porcelain veneers are also more of a long-term solution than bonding, as they do not stain, discolor, and are stronger than bonding.
As it requires few appointments and involves a Lab fees, it normally incur more fees than Composite veneers.