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The difference between composite and porcelain veneers explained by your Kennesaw dentist
Feeling good about how we look does a lot for our whole demeanor. When we are happy with the appearance of our smile, we are likely to carry ourselves with a greater degree of confidence, to look others in the eye and smile freely. In turn, the confidence with which we conduct ourselves sends a positive message, and affects others’ reactions towards us in a favorable way. For those who wish to enhance their smiles, Thirty-two Dental offers a variety of cosmetic dental treatments. Our dentists tailor treatments to meet the specific needs of each patient. In some cases, we may offer porcelain veneers as the ideal solution to a cosmetic concern about a tooth or teeth brought to our Kennesaw office.
Veneers have long been a popular form of cosmetic treatment. There are a few different types of veneers. Some can be applied and shaped directly on teeth, called direct veneers. Indirect veneers, which we use at Thirty-two Dental, are designed through impressions taken in our office. The mold sent to the dental laboratory guides the fabrication process of veneers, which may be made of composite material or porcelain.
Whether direct or indirect, a veneer covers the front surface of a tooth. Veneers can cover teeth that have been cracked or chipped, are significantly discolored, or that are spaced too far apart. If teeth are too long or too short, or shaped in such a way that the smile is affected, veneers can recreate the smile in its pristine condition.
The material that veneers are made of is an important consideration of treatment. Dr. Breckley and Dr. Vo offer porcelain veneers. Composite veneers are often used by dentists who apply material directly to a tooth or teeth for the correction of minor cosmetic flaws. The benefit of these direct veneers is that the smile is immediately transformed to some degree. The application of composite resin in layers builds up the tooth so that it remains strong. This type of veneer can last up to fifteen years when properly cared for.
The differences between composite veneers and those crafted from porcelain are significant. We design veneers from blocks of high-quality porcelain because the results of treatment with this material are very natural. Porcelain looks more like natural enamel than any other dental material. In addition to mimicking the natural characteristics of enamel, porcelain is also resistant to stains, more so than composite material.
The team at Thirty-two Dental is committed to providing the highest standard of care that leads to excellent results. We can help you achieve your smile goals. Contact us today for your cosmetic dentistry consultation.