Smile Better with Veneers!
If your teeth are chipped, stained, misaligned or you’re just not happy with them, you can possibly fix them with dental veneers.
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin shells, made from either porcelain or composite resin that mimic your natural teeth. While both are bonded to the front of your teeth, each offers their pros and cons.
Composite vs. Porcelain
Composite veneers can be shaped on the spot by a dentist. They are made of the same material that is used in dental fillings and are colour-matched to your teeth. However, they are prone to staining from food and smoking.
Most dentists will recommend porcelain veneers. Unlike composites, a technician custom makes porcelain veneers in the laboratory for extra precision. The material has an uncanny life-like quality to it and is almost indistinguishable from normal teeth. Staining isn’t much of an issue because it’s very difficult to change the colour of porcelain without extreme temperatures or harsh chemicals.
Will veneers damage my teeth?
Here’s the tricky part: porcelain veneers require an even reduction to your actual teeth, meaning there will be some damage to the underlying teeth. If a porcelain veneer can’t be repaired, you will have to replace the entire thing. Composites, on the other hand, are less risky. They fill in where is needed, rarely require any reduction and are relatively easy to fix.
They are very different cost wise. Porcelains veneers tend to cost a lot more than composites, but with proper care and regular checkups, they can last for over a decade – much longer than composites.
Here at TAG Dental, we offer both porcelain and composite veneers for aesthetic makeovers without the need for surgery, so it’s just a matter of figuring out with your dentist, which one works best for you.