A veneer is a layer of material placed over a tooth surface. They are placed to improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth. There are two types of materials used to fabricate a veneer – composite and ceramic. The term Porcelain is often used instead of ceramic, but ceramic includes all forms of materials used for dental veneers.
Composite Veneers & Composite Bonding
Composite bonding is a procedure where a tooth coloured composite resin is applied to your teeth to repair cracks/uneven surfaces and can close gaps. They can either be placed just along the edges (composite edge bonding) or over the whole tooth surface (composite veneer) It’s a very cost effective solution as it is less expensive than other options such as dental Veneers. Composite veneers are more porous and can stain more easily than ceramics. They might need to be refurbished or completely replaced after 4-8 years.
These are made from a much stronger material than compost resin. They are placed over the whole of the front surface. Ceramic veneers can last around 15 years. Ceramic veneers create a very life-like and natural tooth appearance. The translucent properties allow the veneers to mimic the light handling characteristics of enamel giving it a sense of depth. If you would like more information, please read our blog.