A veneer is a thin layer of material made from porcelain or plastic and bonded to the surface of your tooth. Veneers can be a good option for you if you have damaged, discolored, or misshapen teeth. Veneers are a noninvasive treatment option to protect and restore teeth and improve the appearance of your smile.
Porcelain veneers are constructed outside the mouth then placed on the surface of your tooth. They can be extremely thin to help preserve much of your existing tooth. If your tooth is significantly discolored, we may use a thicker veneer to mask it better. Porcelain is naturally translucent, providing a natural tooth-like appearance.
Composite Veneers (Bonding)
Unlike porcelain veneers, composite veneers can be constructed in your mouth with composite resin and placed directly on your tooth. This treatment is generally less expensive than porcelain veneers, but may need to be replaced more often.
Comparison of Porcelain and Composite Veneers
Multiple visits if custom shade is required
Can last 10-15 years (if well cared for)
Color is more steadfast
More esthetic (mimics enamel better)
Less time to fabricate
Can last 4-8 years (if well cared for)
More prone to discoloration
More prone to chipping and fracture
Care of Veneers and Bonding
Avoid biting into hard foods like carrots or uncut apples with the veneered teeth
Avoid opening bags or other containers with your teeth (This may sound obvious but people still do it.)
Do Brush and floss - you still have tooth exposed to the oral cavity which can still get cavities
Don't chew your fingernails
If an occlusal splint or night guard is recommended, wear it faithfully
Keep your regular recare appointments so the veneers can be checked regularly by a professional