Composite Veneers vs Porcelain Veneers: Here’s How to Choose the Right One For You

Most people are not born with a perfect smile. In fact, many of us have teeth that are stained, chipped, or crooked. Fortunately, there are now a number of options available to help improve the appearance of our teeth. Two of the most popular options are composite and porcelain veneers.

If you are looking for an instantly radiant, long lasting smile, veneers have everything you need. 

They are a type of cosmetic dental procedure that enhance the look of your smile and permanently cover imperfections. 

Veneers are popular for their convenience, durability and transformative elements they can have on your appearance. 

Veneers were popularized by actors and actresses in Hollywood. Stars who were constantly in the media wanted stunning, camera-ready smiles at all times. Veneers were quickly adopted and are now a common cosmetic dental procedure both locally in Coquitlam, BC and worldwide. 

What are Veneers?

Simply put, veneers are a thin layer of material, most often made of porcelain or composite resin, which are custom fitted and placed over your natural teeth. 

Veneers are most often used to greatly improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile, but they also help to cover minor gaps in teeth, crooked teeth, imperfections, and discoloration. They also act as a protective layer for your teeth. 


How do Veneers Work?

Dental veneers work by covering the front portion of your natural teeth. They are very thin and get custom fitted to your teeth in order to seamlessly cover up any discoloration or imperfections on your teeth. 

Veneers can be fitted slightly larger than your natural teeth, both in width or length, to improve the appearance of your smile. Veneers come in a variety of natural-looking shades and patients often desire veneers for their beautiful, natural coloring. 

Veneers are bonded to the front of your natural teeth, this is how they stay permanently in place. In most cases, a layer of the enamel is removed from your teeth so that  veneers can be placed. 

This is done in order for them to sit properly, although not all veneer procedures require this. 

Who is a Good Candidate for Veneers? 

An ideal candidate for dental veneers is someone who would like to improve the color or contour of their teeth, or has a variety of cosmetic dental concerns, including stained, chipped, or misshapen teeth.

Specifically speaking, the ideal candidate for veneers is someone who has minor cosmetic imperfections or severely stained teeth. 

Keep in mind that veneers are a permanent cosmetic procedure. In most cases, once you have them, they cannot be reversed, rather, they can be modified to suit your liking.

If you are considering veneers, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our team at Glen Dental Centre

During your consultation, we will evaluate your oral health and discuss your aesthetic goals in order to determine if veneers are right for you.

Composite vs Porcelain Veneers

Composite veneers are made of engineered resin, which is adhered to the outer surface of the tooth. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are thin shells of porcelain that are adhered to the outer surface of the tooth. 

Both types of veneers are made to match your natural teeth (or whiten them) and improve your overall smile.

So, which one should you choose? The answer may depend on a number of factors, including your budget and desired results. 

Composite veneers tend to be less expensive than porcelain veneers, but they also may not last as long. 

Porcelain veneers may be more expensive up front, but they're also more durable and resist staining better than composite veneers. 

Ultimately, the best way to decide which type of veneer is right for you is to consult with a dental professional. 

Composite & Porcelain Veneers Pros and Cons

Composite veneers can chip over time and they are more likely to stain than porcelain. However, composite veneers can be repaired or replaced more easily than porcelain. Porcelain veneers are made of a thin layer of porcelain that is placed over the front surface of your teeth. 

Porcelain veneers are more expensive but they are also stronger and less likely to chip or stain. Both procedures are permanent ways to change your smile and both result in relatively the same end appearance. 

Get Porcelain and Composite Veneers in Coquitlam, BC

If you are looking for a low-maintenance, radiant smile, porcelain or composite veneers may be an excellent option for you. 

Our team of talented Dentists and staff in Coquitlam, BC can help to answer any specific questions you may have about veneers. 

Whether you are looking for porcelain or composite veneers our team at Glen Dental Centre  will help you make the best and most informed decision possible. 

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