Your Guide To Composite & Porcelain Veneers
If you’re looking to improve your smile, you may be looking into cosmetic dental treatments. Being unhappy with the shape, size and colour of your teeth may draw you specifically towards treatments like veneers. You may have noticed that there are two types of veneers, composite and porcelain. Here at Ringway Dental, we’re proud to be able to provide both treatments at our practice. We’ve put together a helpful guide below to answer any questions you may have about composite or porcelain veneers and the difference between the two treatments.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment which help to improve your smile. They are a popular treatment amongst those with cracked, chipped or uneven teeth. Veneers can drastically change the appearance of your teeth, making them appear whiter and straighter. They can correct a wide range of dental issues, such as uneven gaps between teeth or teeth that are stained. Smiling with confidence is easy with veneers.
In a recent study found here, it was stated that ‘71% of British adults don’t feel confident showing their teeth when they smile for a photo. A third of these say it’s because of their discoloured teeth.’ This is something that both porcelain and composite veneers can change.
What Are Composite Veneers?
Composite veneers are not invasive and sit on top of your existing teeth. The veneers are made from composite resin and help to shape your teeth into the desired appearance. The process very rarely involves any drilling and will cover your whole tooth. Composite veneers can be completed in one sitting after a consultation. Composite veneers are not invasive and can be applied without affecting your natural teeth.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are custom made for your teeth from porcelain. It is a thin shell that will sit directly on top of your teeth. At Ringway Dental, we like to remain as least invasive as we can. However, it is possible your dentist may need to shave down your existing teeth and then make an impression of them to send to the lab. Once the impression has been sent to the lab, highly skilled technicians will make a set unique to your smile. We aim to remove as little of the natural tooth enamel as possible.
How Do You Maintain Veneers?
Both types of veneers are similar when it comes to maintaining them. We encourage all of our dental patients to continue looking after their teeth as they usually would at home. This involves brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing and using mouthwash. We also recommend returning for a routine checkup and regular cleaning of your teeth. We advise against smoking and to wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth at night.
Composite Veneers Vs Porcelain Veneers
Composite veneers can be less invasive and have a shorter application process.. They are a good solution if you are looking to repair some small chips or cracks in your teeth.
Porcelain veneers are a great option if you are looking for something more permanent. They are longer lasting because of the strength of their material and provide a very natural appearance, covering up many aesthetic issues. So not only do they look and feel natural, they are a treatment that also helps to fix small cosmetic issues like discoloration.
Both types of veneers will not only transform your smile, but your confidence too. They will give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of and you’ll feel proud to wear it.
How Long Do Composite & Porcelain Veneers Last?
Composite veneers are considered to be more long lasting today than they were in the past. On average, composite veneers can last from five to seven years. After this, you would need a replacement set of composite veneers.
Porcelain veneers are a more durable option. They last around ten to fifteen years.
Both composite and porcelain veneers may not last as long if you grind your teeth. It’s likely your dentist will have spotted that you grind your teeth before beginning treatment, and they will be able to help you with how to avoid grinding them.
Choose Ringway Dental Today
The only way to establish which treatment is best for you and your oral health is to speak with your dentist. Here at Ringway Dental, we can offer you advice specific to your exact needs at one of our consultations. Click here to learn more about our cosmetic dental treatments.
If you have any questions about composite or porcelain veneers, or would like to book a consultation, please contact our friendly team today on 0161 437 2029.