A beautiful smile can have a huge impact on your self-confidence, outlook on life, social relationships, and overall well-being. But for many people, achieving a perfect smile can be a challenge due to a variety of issues, such as discolored teeth, chipped enamel, gaps, and misalignment. Dental veneers are a popular and effective solution for those looking to improve their smile in a short amount of time.
At Arvada Dental Center, our goal is to help our Arvada cosmetic dentistry clients understand the different types of dental veneers available and how they can improve their smile by selecting the one that’s right for them.
What is a Dental Veneer?
A dental veneer is a thin shell of porcelain or composite resin that is applied to the front surface of a tooth. Veneers are custom-made to match the color and shape of your natural teeth and can be used to improve the appearance of a variety of dental issues, such as discoloration, chips, gaps, and misalignment.
Once a veneer is bonded over your tooth, your smile is immediately transformed. No whitening or braces are needed!
What Is The Difference Between The Types Of Dental Veneers?
There are two main types of dental veneers that you should know about: traditional porcelain veneers and composite veneers.
Porcelain veneers are made of a thin layer of porcelain that is bonded to the front surface of the tooth. You can think of them similar to a dental crown, but the restoration only covers the front of the treated tooth instead of the entire structure. Porcelain veneers are highly durable and can resist staining better than composite veneers. These veneers also have a more natural-looking appearance and are often used to improve the appearance of multiple front teeth. They’re crafted in a lab, so the treatment process usually involves two visits about two weeks apart.
Composite veneers, also known as chairside or same-day veneers, are made of tooth-colored composite resin that is applied to the front surface of the tooth. The composite is similar to what our Arvada dentist uses for white fillings. These veneers are less expensive than porcelain veneers and can be completed in one visit. Composite veneers are a great option for minor dental issues such as small chips or gaps in specific teeth, whereas porcelain veneers are better for treating multiple teeth at one time.
How Long Do Dental Veneers Last Before Needing A New One?
Dental veneers are durable restorations that will improve your smile for several years, but they are not permanent. The better you care for them, the longer you can expect them to last.
The lifespan of a veneer can vary depending on the type of veneer, the location of the tooth, and your oral hygiene habits. Porcelain veneers can last anywhere from 10-15 years, while composite veneers have a lifespan of around 3-5 years. Issues such as teeth clenching or grinding may cause premature damage to your veneer or other dental work.
What Are The Costs Of Dental Veneers?
The cost of dental veneers can vary depending on several factors, such as the type of veneer, the number of veneers needed, and where your dentist is located. Porcelain veneers tend to be more expensive than composite veneers because they usually involve lab fees and multiple teeth; fortunately, they also last a bit longer.
At Arvada Dental Center, we are committed to providing our patients with the best possible care and service. We understand that cost can be a concern for many patients, which is why we work with our patients to create a personalized treatment plan that fits their budgets and their individual needs. Flexible financing options are always available.
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Dental veneers are an excellent solution to improve the appearance of your smile. With the advancement of modern materials and techniques, there are several options available to help you achieve a smile you’ll love. Arvada Dental Center is here to help you understand the different types of dental veneers and cosmetic treatments available and how each one can help you improve your smile. Contact us today for the highest level of care and service.