What would you like to improve about your smile?Almost any cosmetic improvement you can think of is available with porcelain veneers in Gig Harbor, WA!Veneers can make your teeth look:
They can also reshape any tooth, smooth out rows of teeth, and close gaps between them.How is this all possible?By bonding a beautiful covering on the front of each visible tooth. The veneer’s shape and color will become the new surface that people will see, and you’ll enjoy in the mirror.But veneers can be made of either porcelain or composite materials, and this is an important decision to make before we start.So, we’re going to explore composite vs. porcelain veneers in this blog post, laying out the advantages of each.
Is there a major difference between composite and porcelain veneers? Are they just made of different materials?There are major differences in the process of getting your veneers, depending on the material.When getting composite veneers (also known as resin veneers):
You’ll see later that with resin veneers vs. porcelain, the composite resin option is faster and a little easier on your teeth. Plus, your cosmetic dentist may be able to create your custom veneers while you’re in the dentist’s chair.
They’re shaped on the tooth itself, then hardened with a powerful light before more layers of resin are added to make your tooth the right shape and color.Finally, your dentist will polish the composite to make it look natural. Even with these steps, you can be finihed in one sitting because you don’t have to wait for veneers to be created off-site.
Each one lasts about 4–8 years on average, which is about half the lifetime of a porcelain veneer.At the same time, a composite veneer can cost about half as much as a porcelain veneer, which can make it a good option for some patients.
So far, in the composite veneers vs. porcelain veneers race, we’ve seen that composites are faster to apply and cost less.So, are there reasons to get porcelain veneers?Yes! Hise are some of their advantages:
When choosing between composite resin veneers vs. porcelain veneers, think about the process:When you’re getting porcelain veneers, your dentist will first remove some enamel from the front of your teeth, which allows for a less bulky, more natural result. They’ll then take impressions of your teeth and send plans to a lab, which will create your veneers in 2–3 weeks. You’ll come back for a second appointment, and they’ll bond them in place, making sure you’re happy with them.Oftentimes porcelain veneers can get a better color match because the lab has more ability to make a customized shade, whereas in the office we are more limited with the shade options for composites.
Book a consultation at our Gig Harbor dental office! We can discuss your goals, your budget, your insurance, and any concerns you have.Dr. Keith Gressell will help you decide which type of veneer is best for you. It may even be one we haven’t discussed yet - Bioclear! Just imagine the confidence and happiness you’ll have when you see your dazzling teeth in the mirror.
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