Hearing that you have options other than permanent tooth removal is always good news. Whether your need stems from chipped, broken or unevenly spaced teeth, discoloration or simply the desire for a more dazzling smile, there are significant differences in types of veneer available depending upon the recommendation of your cosmetic dentist.
Composite Veneers: Generally last between 4 and 8 years, are less expensive than porcelain, are created and sculpted by the dentist directly onto your teeth. The naturalness of your smile very much depends on the skill of the dentist creating them, so be sure to see before and after photos of your dentist's work during your consultation. Composite veneers are not as strong as porcelain and are more susceptible to chipping and staining. Composite, or direct veneers are removable and replaceable.
Porcelain Veneers: Can last for 10-20 years or more with proper oral hygiene. Porcelain veneers are stronger, resist staining and are custom created from a mold of your own mouth. Porcelain is harder than composite and the preparation for porcelain veneers requires the removal of a very thin layer of your tooth enamel to facilitate a perfect fit. So while porcelain veneers are more durable and long lasting they require replacement rather than simply removal. Many people feel that porcelain provides the same translucent quality as real tooth enamel. Porcelain veneers are a multi step process and last longer; this fact is reflected in the cost.
The longevity of your veneers is dependent upon your commitment to good oral hygiene and appropriate follow up care. Grinding your teeth, chewing your fingernails and cracking or crunching ice are unhealthy practices which can lead to veneer damage. If you need cosmetic dentistry services or would like more information on dental veneers, contact Dr. Mitchell Milan DDS, Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry today.