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Sep
12

Types of Dental Veneers

So, you and your Alpharetta cosmetic dentist have decided on veneers as the best way to improve your smile. But before you go ahead with the procedure, there is one more decision you must make. You must decide what type of veneer you’d like: porcelain, composite or Lumineers.

Essentially, veneers are tooth shaped covers that are applied directly to the teeth to enhance the aesthetics of your smile. Invented in the 1980s, they initially were very expensive and used mainly by actors and others wanting to improve their public image. Gradually, however, all that changed and veneers are now widely available through dentists and cosmetic dentists.

They are available in three main types:

Composite: Composite veneers are made of resin and require the dentist remove less of the tooth’s surface than other types of veneers. Composite veneers are usually cheaper than others, but don’t last as long, due to chipping and discoloration. At best, they last about eight years.

Porcelain: Porcelain veneers are made of a thin, almost translucent, layer of porcelain, and reflect light as well as natural teeth. They last longer than resin veneers, but require that the dentist remove some of the tooth’s surface so they can be applied. Porcelain veneers can last up to 25 years, if cared for properly, and are very durable.

Lumineers: Lumineers is actually a brand name of porcelain veneer invented at the turn of the century by Dr. Goodman. Lumineers are thinner than traditional porcelain types, so there is less prep time and require little or no shaving of the tooth’s surface. Lumineers also have a very long life.

The type of veneer you ultimately get largely rests on your individual goals and the existing condition of your teeth. Also, cosmetic dentistry is an art form, so results can differ dramatically from dentist to dentist. It’s always best to shop around carefully, and seek referrals.

Posted on the behalf of Sarah Roberts

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