What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are a popular option for improving the appearance of aesthetically damaged teeth. Dental veneers are custom made paper-thin coverings that are designed to imitate the natural look of teeth. They are attached to the surface of damaged teeth to mask the unsightliness of stains, chips and jagged edges. Dental veneer treatment is one of the most common methods for patients to upgrade their smile.
What Type of Dental Veneers Does XDC Dental Clinic Offer?
XDC Dental Clinic specializes in two types of dental veneers— ceramic and composite.
Ceramic veneers are constructed from metal-based or synthetic-based inorganic materials and shaped using heat. Ceramic veneers are handcrafted by our dentists and customized to fit the specific shape of your teeth. They are highly durable and resistant to bio-erosion.
Pros of Ceramic Dental Veneers
- No abrasion: Ceramic veneers are high-strength and resistant to daily damage from brushing, teeth grinding and food exposure. As a result, they maintain their polished appearance for longer than other veneer options.
- Highly aesthetic: Ceramic veneers allow for multiple colour applications which results in naturally opaque looking finish. In addition, patients can choose from a range of colour hues to better achieve their desired results.
- Shorter preparation time: Ceramic veneers take less time to prepare than other veneer materials such as porcelain. This minimizes the lag time between your initial dental veneer consultation and the final preparation of your custom-made ceramic veneers.
- Long-lasting: If properly cared for, ceramic veneers can last up to 20 years.
Cons of Ceramic Dental Veneers
- Enamel removal: Because ceramic veneers typically measure between 1-1.5 millimeters, the procedure often requires some shaving down of the base tooth to make room for the veneer to be installed. That being said, ceramic veneers require relatively less base tooth sculpting than porcelain veneers.
- Longer procedures: Ceramic veneer treatment requires multiple sessions to complete.
- Replacement process: Because ceramic veneers are chemically adhered to the base teeth, they can only be removed mechanically. The process can lead to damage of the underlying teeth.
Composite Dental Veneers
Composite veneers are made from tooth-coloured resin, a synthetic liquid material. Composite veneers can be applied directly to your teeth or in some cases indirectly by constructing the composite veneer externally and then chemically bonding it to your teeth.
Pros of Composite Dental Veneers
- Less-invasive installation: The application process for composite veneers is much simpler than that for ceramic veneers. Composite veneers do not require base enamel abrasion, making it the least invasive dental veneer procedure.
- Great aesthetic: Composite veneers provide a sharp white, polished but natural looking finish.
- Shorter procedure: The composite veneer procedure can be completed in just one appointment, making it a great option if you need results fast.
- Affordability: Composite veneers are significantly cheaper than ceramic veneers.
Cons of Composite Dental Veneers
- Less permanent: Although composite veneers require fewer dentist visits for installation, they only last 5 to 7 years. This may be a negative for patients wishing to have the veneer procedure only once and not have to worry about replacing it a few years down the line.
- More prone to damage: Composite veneers are more prone to chipping, staining, and abrasion than ceramic veneers. However, composite veneers can be repaired if they do sustain significant physical damage.
Who can get dental veneers?
Most people with healthy gums and a good bone structure are suitable candidates for dental veneers. XDC Dental Clinic will consider the following when determining your suitability:
- Teeth discolouration: Dental veneers are suitable if you have permanent and widespread tooth stains. If you have only mild tooth discolouration, a less invasive alternative like teeth whitening may be more appropriate.
- Extent of structural damage: Dental veneers are not suitable for teeth that have more than 25% of their surface area chipped away.
- Straightness of teeth: Some types of dental veneers may not be suitable for severely misshapen teeth.
- Sufficient enamel: Some dental veneer procedures require removal of base enamel. You might not be eligible for dental veneers if you have a low density of enamel.