The Different Varieties of Veneers

Getting veneers is one of the easiest and most fashionable way to change the overall look of your smile, and this treatment is impressively effective.  It is a common misconception that veneers are only a single treatment offered. The truth is there are many different varieties of veneer work available. These can range from the temporary classic solutions like snap-on veneers to high end permanent options such as porcelain veneers.

We will take a look at the wide spectrum of veneers and the upsides and downsides to each.


Composite Veneers

Easily the most common treatment choice, composite veneers are usually applied and sculpted while you are at your appointment with your dentist. They are often used to fix those small cosmetic annoyances such as cracked or chipped teeth. They can also be implemented to fix small gaps or slightly leaning crooked teeth.

Composite veneers are much cheaper than the option of porcelain veneers, and are quite much faster to apply in a treatment. They can usually be applied and finished in a single treatment but it will be a longer than normal visit.

Those are the pros, the cons to composites are that the finish isn’t often as good as you would expect to get from a porcelain veneer. They also are not as stain or discolouration resistant. Regular polishings can keep them look mint, and if you have a good daily dental hygiene regime they should last a good while.

Porcelain Veneers

The most expensive option in veneers, porcelain veneers have the most transformative effect on a persons smile that makes them worth the investment. These treatments will often involve many appointments, with the first preparation being done by your dentist and then the creation of the porcelain veneers being done in a dental laboratory.

They will be created uniquely to your teeth and have a custom tailored match to your tooth shape and colour. They offer better stain resistance and are the premier choice for discoloured, chipped or cracked teeth. They will also last much longer.

The cons to porcelain veneers are the costs involved. They are much higher than any other type. They also need much more prep work and can often require drilling and shaping of the tooth underneath. If it ever needs replacing it will also be the more time consuming and expensive of the options.

Removable Veneers

The last option is a removable or sometimes known as a snap-on veneer. These are a new option and are often referred to as a snap-on smile. Constructed from a tough wearing dental resin they form a strong yet thin cover over your teeth. You eat and drink as normal and then simply remove them when finished.

The dental professional will take an imprint of your teeth, then choose the look and shade you’d like for your veneers. If you are not a suitable candidate for veneers this is a good option for you. Also much less expensive for all.

The downsides of snap on veneers are that they are in no way a long term solution. The underlying dental issues that caused you to want veneers in the first place will still need to be addressed.

To inquire about veneers or any information regarding the matter, contact Martindale Dental for any inquires or appointments.