The Different Types of Veneer: Which One is Right for You?

The Different Types of Veneer: Which One is Right for You?

There are many different treatments available in the big wide world of cosmetic dentistry, however none are quite so popular and well renowned as the soon-to-be-celebrating-its-100th -birthday veneer.

For the unaware, veneers are a super thin shell of one of a number of different materials that fit nicely over one or more teeth to provide the appearance of a perfect one, already helping millions of patients all over the world who’ve undergone veneer treatments to cover up and correct issues such as misshapenness, crookedness, chips, cracks, gaps between teeth, and discoloration (or all of the above) with a simple and non-invasive procedure.

The Different Types of Veneer: Which One is Right for You?

What many aren’t aware of though is that there are actually a few different types of veneer available, each with their own set of benefits. While most will suggest the tried and tested porcelain veneer, the truth is they won’t be right for everyone. So if you’ve been thinking that veneers Turkey might just be the procedure you need to finally sort out your teeth and you want to get to the bottom of which veneers will be the perfect veneers for you, then the following guide will walk you through the ins and outs of each one, and hopefully get you that little bit closer to finally achieving the smile of your dreams.

Porcelain Veneers

Thanks to high quality dental ceramic, porcelain veneers have become the most popular type of veneer on the market since their inception a few decades ago. It’s not hard to see why, as the dental porcelain used in the veneers offers an incredibly robust and long-lasting solution to any and all of the aforementioned issues that can be corrected with veneers, with most lasting at least 10 to 15 years, if not 20 years or more.

The Different Types of Veneer: Which One is Right for You?

The process of fitting porcelain veneers involves super thin (thinner than 1mm) pieces of porcelain placed over the teeth to replace their outer appearance. In order for the veneer to fit seamlessly and flush with the surrounding teeth, a small amount of enamel will need to be removed first (again, less than 1mm). Because of this, getting porcelain veneers—or any veneers for that matter—is not considered a reversible procedure.

Once you’ve had an initial visit to the dentist to have your teeth prepared and moulds taken, you’ll be fitted with a set of temporary veneers before returning for a second appointment around 1 to 3 weeks later to have the permanent ones fitted.

Once put in place, porcelain veneers are incredibly strong and robust, and also more stain resistant than a natural tooth. Each porcelain veneer is custom made for each patient, designed to fit in seamlessly with the surrounding teeth when it comes to both shape and size, as well as color. As time’s gone on, the technology behind porcelain veneers has only got better and better, to the point where for the last decade or so, porcelain veneers are absolutely indistinguishable from the real thing.

Composite Resin Veneers

Otherwise just simply known as composite veneers, composite resin veneers are a more affordable option made of—you guessed it—a special composite resin.

The Different Types of Veneer: Which One is Right for You?

Unlike porcelain veneers, composite resin veneers can be applied in one single visit to the dentist, and if they break, they can be repaired pretty easily. On the other hand, they aren’t quite as resilient or robust as porcelain veneers, and while porcelain veneers can typically last from 10 to 15 years, resin veneers typically need replacing after around 7.

The process of getting composite resin veneers involves a few layers of the resin being applied to the surface of your teeth, before they’re then moulded to fit the desired shape and size. A special curing light is then used to harden the veneers, before they’re then polished.

Composite resin veneers are a great option for those looking for a quick and affordable option for correcting the issues they have with their teeth, but are perhaps not such a great option for those looking for the robust and long-lasting benefits that porcelain veneers can provide.

Lumineers

Also known as ‘non-prep veneers’, Lumineers are made of a special patented material called Cerinate, which is able to create veneers that are incredibly thin, yet also incredibly tough. The procedure for fitting Lumineers works much the same as with porcelain veneers, also taking 2 separate visits to your dentist to get them put in place.

The Different Types of Veneer: Which One is Right for You?

Since Lumineers can have the potential to last for more than 20 years, they’re an incredibly robust option, especially considering how thin they are. Furthermore, unlike with porcelain veneers, the procedure of getting Lumineers is reversible, so if you change your mind somewhere later on down the line, you can simply have them removed. In most instances a small amount of enamel will still be removed in order to make way for them to fit seamlessly amongst your surrounding teeth, although in many cases this won’t be necessary at all, and when it is, not nearly as much enamel will need to be removed as with porcelain veneers. As a further bonus, they typically cost less than porcelain veneers too.

Palatial Veneers

Palatial veneers are somewhat different from the others on our list, in that they’re designed to treat the inside surface of the teeth, rather than the outside. So you’re probably wondering what good they’re doing if they’re hidden away where no one can see them? Well, there’s a good reason.

The Different Types of Veneer: Which One is Right for You?

While other types of veneers seek to create a perfect looking set of teeth from the front, palatial veneers instead seek to improve your teeth by strengthening them from behind, where they can help prevent delicate, sensitive, worn down or eroded teeth from any further wear and tear that could cause them to fail.

Most sets of palatial veneers are typically made of gold, however they’re also available in porcelain or composite resin, just like with regular veneers.

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Author Since:  December 3, 2020

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