Deciding Between Composite and Porcelain Veneers

You’ve gone through a few consultations and have heard the advice – you can still get your teeth whitened even if bleaching has not worked in your favor. The treatment is veneering, where wafer-thin pieces of material will be placed on the front surface of your teeth that will cover-up the discoloration and stains in a shade that will blend in with the rest of your mouth. With more than a couple of veneer materials available, you now try to gather more information on the different options as you move closer to having whiter teeth.

The two most common kinds of materials used in veneers are composite resin and porcelain. Both composite and porcelain veneers have each of their own pros and cons and choosing between the two would depend on several factors. Resin-based composite veneers are deemed less invasive as they require less tooth surface reduction than porcelain veneers. Since they take less time to do, they also need fewer dental appointments to complete and therefore cost less overall than porcelain veneers.

However, the additional number of visits and expense are offset by the superior durability of porcelain veneers against breaking. With careful maintenance, good oral hygiene and regular check-ups, stain-resistant porcelain veneers will last longer than their resin-based composite counterparts, making the initial investment in time and money pay-off handsomely in the long run. The porcelain’s translucent properties also give you more natural-looking veneers.

Before proceeding with either of the two veneering techniques, Kennewick WA dentist Dr. Hadley will first check for any tooth decay or damage that might compromise the veneers. He will also go beyond the teeth and check your bite to see if you have any clenching or grinding habits that can eventually damage veneers, prescribing the use of a mouth guard as needed.

You can make an informed decision regarding this matter by visiting Kennewick dentist Dr. Walter Hadley at his Marineland Dental Care clinic in Washington. By calling 509-591-0515 and securing an appointment with Dr. Hadley, he would be able to make a personal evaluation of your dental condition and discuss veneers in detail.

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