What are the different types of dental veneers and the pros and cons of each?

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Hi, my name is Pamela, and I’m the Co-Owner and Practice Manager here at Northern Dental Design at Epping in Melbourne.

Yesterday, Dr Zina was with our new patient Chloe from Wollert, planning her cosmetic smile makeover. She is not happy with the shape of her teeth, so we decided to get her some veneers. Dr Zina was taking her through all the different types of materials to help her choose the right one. At the end of the session, she said, Wow, I didn’t know there are all these different types of materials and how different they are! No wonder their cost varies. So I thought I’ll make this video sharing with you some experience that we had over the years with patients who had different types of dental veneer materials, just in case you are also considering dental veneers.

Let’s start with composite veneers. Composite veneers are manufactured on-site by the dentist in a material that is applied directly to the teeth and then sculptured by the dentist. A single appointment is all that is needed for this procedure, which will bring back your dazzling smile and hide any imperfection.

Composite veneers are affordable, but they do stain over time, and you will need to get them replaced. They don’t last as long as the porcelain veneers, but they are easy to repair if needed and are a great option for minor cosmetic correction.

Now let’s talk about porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers serve the same purpose as composite veneers, however, they are made in the laboratory. Porcelain veneers are a little like false nails in that they are made to measure, and cemented onto the tooth surface. A full procedure requires two appointments. One, to prepare the tooth and take a scan. They are needed by the technician to make the veneers in the lab.

The second, to cement the veneers onto the tooth. Porcelain veneers will last you a lot longer than composite veneers, and they will not stain or change colour. The colour choice is much more extensive and can give you more of the wow factor in the mouth. The finish of the porcelain veneers is much more natural and smoother to the tongue. Porcelain veneers cost a little more than composite veneers, but the result is worth it. We can create a much more perfect finish, and give you the Hollywood smile results.

So I hope you now understand more about the pros and cons of dental porcelain veneers versus composite veneers.

If you are considering dental veneers to upgrade your smile, why not book a complimentary smile assessment with us here at Northern Dental Design. Simply direct message us on social media, give us a call, or go to our website and complete the enquiry form, and we will organise an appointment for you. See you in the next video.


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