veneers

Veneers are thin, tooth-coloured porcelain or composite shells which are carefully shaped to cover the front surface of the teeth. They are great for chipped teeth, discoloured and stained teeth, mildly misaligned teeth, and closing gaps between teeth.

There are two types of veneers: porcelain and composite. Our dentists will gladly discuss which would be more suited to your individual needs and budget.

Porcelain Veneers

Advantages of Porcelain Veneers

  • Porcelain veneer is resistant to stains like tea, coffee and smoking
  • It is stronger than resin-like composite veneers
  • They are realistic in appearance

 

Disadvantages of Porcelain Veneers

  • They cannot be repaired once they are chipped or the gum has receded due to incorrect brushing technique or ageing
  • They are relatively expensive
  • In some cases a thin layer of enamel will need to be removed in order to prepare the tooth surface to fabricate the veneer on top

Composite Veneers

Advantages of Composite Veneers

  • They are inexpensive compared to the porcelain option
  • Only a single visit is needed to have them done
  • Usually reduction of enamel is not required, therefore it is more conservative
  • A satisfactory result can be achieved with composite bonding
  • Repair can be done if required

 

Disadvantage of Composite Veneers

  • They are not as strong as porcelain veneers
  • Composite bonding may require regular touch ups to remove stains at porous and marginal areas
  • They are not as ‘tooth-like’ in appearance compared with porcelain veneers
  • In some cases a thin layer of enamel will need to be removed in order to prepare the tooth surface to fabricate the veneer on top

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