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Types of Dental Veneers and Their Benefits

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Dental veneers are designed to cover the front of the teeth to create a brand new smile. Each one is custom shaped and shaded to give you the look that you want the most. There isn’t just one type of veneer available – there are actually a few different kinds.

Here are a few examples:

Composite Resin

Composite veneers usually only require one appointment, because the veneers are custom-made and applied by your dentist at the time of the treatment. The material is similar to what is used for a tooth colored filling. Unfortunately these appointments can be fairly long, but the treatment is usually more affordable than some other types of options.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are an excellent choice for correcting moderate to severe aesthetic concerns. They usually require at least 2 appointments, because the veneers are made at an off-site laboratory. Compared to composite veneers, porcelain adds luster and is more stain-repellant in nature. It is important to note that the treatment requires slight reshaping of the tooth enamel in order for the porcelain veneer to be bonded into place.

Minimal or No-Prep Veneers

The biggest benefit of no-prep veneers is that there is little to no tooth preparation needed in the process. This makes the veneers completely reversible if at any time you decide that you no longer want veneers. Translucent in design, no-prep veneers are realistic in appearance. However, since they are placed directly over your natural tooth, there is the potential for them to appear bulkier than what some people would like.

Which type of veneer is right for you? A custom treatment plan with your dentist can help you weigh your options when it comes to time invested, budget, and end results.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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