Made from either plastic or porcelain, a veneer is a thin sheet that covers a flawed tooth. Patients who benefit the most from veneers generally have one or several teeth that are stained or discolored, damaged, cracked, or don’t match the shape or size of their other teeth. A veneer is a fast and simple way to restore the look of your smile.
Porcelain veneers can be made very thin in order to preserve as much of your real tooth as possible. They can also be made thicker to mask more noticeable imperfections. Porcelain veneers are a good option for teeth that are stained or discolored because their color matches natural teeth and blends in well.
Composite Veneers (Bonding)
Composite veneers are generally produced in a patient’s mouth and composite resin is layered on the tooth. They are the less expensive veneer option but aren’t as durable as porcelain veneers. You may need to replace your composite veneers more often than porcelain ones.
Comparison of Porcelain and Composite Veneers
Completed in multiple appointments if custom shade is required
If well maintained, can last 10-15 years
Color is more solid
Mimics enamel better
Completed in one appointment
Less time to create
If well maintained, they can last 4-8 years
More susceptible to discoloration
More susceptible to chips and damages
Not as natural looking
Care of Veneers and Bonding
Don’t bite into hard foods such as apples or carrots
Don’t open objects like chip bags with your teeth
Brush and floss as you are still able to get cavities
We know this is a hard habit to break for some, but don't chew on your fingernails
If we suggest a nightguard or occlusal splint, wear it as instructed
Schedule regular checkups
In need of immediate care?
We provide emergency phone consultation services after working hours and on weekends. Call us at our office (405) 682-0609