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Which one is better: Composite or porcelain veneers?

Which one is the best method to give you that beautiful smile?

Written by: Dr. Nijam

June 30, 2021

The smile is often the focus of attention during conversations and it can significantly affect first impressions. So, if you are struggling with chipped, gapped, misshapen or discoloured teeth, veneers are a great option to help you achieve your desired smile.

Veneers can give you a customised smile that will suit your face, skin tone and personality. There are different types of dental veneers—porcelain veneers and composite veneers. To find out which dental veneer is the best for you, keep on reading.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

What are Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are custom made to fit on the teeth. These shells are similar to that of a false fingernail. However, making these porcelain veneers is an intricate process carried out by a skilled dentist and dental lab ceramist. The artistry that goes behind the fabrication of these veneers gives the teeth a natural and elegant appearance.

The translucent properties of the porcelain give the teeth a sense of depth as the veneers mimic the light handling characteristics of the enamel. Porcelain veneers are strong and long-lasting.

They also have a natural-looking surface and don’t stain easily. They are a great option to replicate and recreate the natural look of the teeth.

What are Composite Veneers?

What are Composite Veneers

What are Composite Veneers?

As for composite veneers, they are made from a tooth-coloured filling material bonded to the tooth. The veneers will be matched with your natural tooth shade, applied in layers to the tooth surface and sculpted directly into your mouth.

Many advances have been seen over the decades in advancing the technology that goes behind manufacturing composite materials. The newer composite materials appear very natural and can rival the natural appearance and beauty of porcelain.

Composite veneers are usually best suited for the improvement of the appearance of 1-2 teeth. For the right clinical situation, they may also be used to improve the appearance of up to 8 to 16 teeth. But in most instances, composites are great for small improvements in the shape or size of the teeth. For an entire smile makeover, porcelain veneers may be the better option.

Both composite and porcelain veneers can be used to give the appearance of straighter teeth and correct minor misalignments.

Porcelain Veneers vs Composite Veneers

Porcelain Veneers vs Composite Veneers

At Coast Dental, we first scan your teeth and do something known as a trial smile. This trial smile gives you a preview of how your teeth can look like if you were to do veneers. We use a scanner instead of traditional impression materials, thereby, making the entire process very comfortable.

Our lead ceramist Mr Alvin and principal dentist Dr Nijam will design a smile for you and give you a preview of how it will look like. The patient gets to be involved in the entire process to choose the colour, shape and size of teeth.

So, feel free to bring in a photo of a celebrity’s smile and we can follow some elements of what makes their smile look great. The teeth will be prepared minimally based on the plan to create your new smile. In about three weeks, you can then get your brand new customised smile.

A beautiful smile never goes out of fashion. Here at Coast Dental, we can give you your desired smile! Other treatments such as the Align Bond Colour (ABC) is also available here. Book an appointment with us now!

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