In terms of stain resistance, porcelain veneers are better than resin veneers, plus they are better able to imitate the light reflecting properties of regular teeth. Veneers made from porcelain are also stronger, which makes them last longer than their counterparts. Resin veneers, on the other hand, are thinner, and typically require less removal of the tooth surface before placement.
How are veneers are applied?
1. Composite resin veneers
Composite resin veneers can be done in a single visit. First, the dentist puts a mild chemical on the front surface of the mishap tooth to roughen it. This is necessary to make the composite resin stick to the tooth enamel.
The resin that closely matches your natural teeth color is then chosen to ensure the veneer is not noticeable, and applied on your tooth in layers. The dentist uses a bright light to harden each layer of resin. After the last layer is done and well hardened, your dentist will shape and polish it to give your tooth a new, natural and smooth look.
2. Porcelain (ceramic) veneers
Porcelain veneers require at least 2 dental visits to apply. During the first visit, you may be given a local anesthetic so the doctor can remove a thin layer of enamel from the concerned teeth to create room for the veneers.
Afterwards, your dentist will create a mold that will be used to custom-make your unique porcelain veneers. Before they’re ready, you will have to wear temporary ones.
On your next visit, the temporary veneers are removed. A mild chemical is applied to roughen the surface, and then the veneers are glued to your teeth.
Are Veneers the Right Treatment for Me?
To identify whether veneers are an appropriate restoration solution for you, it is important that you first talk to your dentist.
Our Austin dental team is always ready to help. For more information on veneers, or to find out whether you’re a suitable candidate for veneers, please contact us at 512-872-3658 and we’ll be delighted to assist you.