Composite Restorations & Porcelain Veneers: Everything you need to know.
Both composite restorations and porcelain veneers are the most affordable smile enhancement solutions that can correct dental concerns without long-term treatment plan and pain. Composite veneers differ from porcelain as composite is used in minor cosmetic issues whereas porcelain is used in large cosmetic issues and teeth misalignment. Here is everything that one needs to know about composite vs porcelain veneers:
Dental composites are tooth colored synthetic material that is used in composite restorations to help restore the broken or chipped tooth fragments caused by caries, trauma or any other reasons. These types of veneers are shaped directly onto the teeth using freehand. Many people have turned to these veneers to reshape their smile, cover cracked teeth or to fix any misalignment. But how long does composite veneer last? The durability of these veneers has improved over the years, and they can last generally between 5–7 years. Here are some of the pros and cons of composite veneers:
- Made of the highest quality material which offers a long-term solution.
- Quick application and treatment procedure in just a single appointment.
- Needs minimal tooth preparation.
- Strong compatibility with oral tissues making it acceptable by all patients.
- No mercury exposure.
- Cheaper alternative.
- May chip or break easily then porcelain.
- May require replacing because of wear and tear caused by eating hard.
Made from the highest quality porcelain veneers are super thin shelled, custom-fabricated teeth restorations that are used to cover the front surface of the patient’s natural tooth. These veneers are perfect for the individual wanting to repair fractured or damaged teeth. Here are some of the pros and cons of these veneers:
- Offers a smooth and natural-looking aesthetic smile.
- Can change the shape of the wearer’s teeth.
- Helps to close gaps between teeth.
- Simple and painless procedure.
- Minimal recovery time and fewer risk of complications.
- May chip or break.
- May not be suitable for people who suffer from bruxism.
Why are porcelain veneers considered better for dental restoration?
A porcelain veneer is considered better for dental restoration as it has a strong advantage in terms of durability and long-term. Once bonded to the patient’s existing teeth, they hold tightly to their healthy teeth to create a solid restoration that lasts for many years with proper care, oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups. These veneers are also stain-resistant meaning the wearer will not have to worry about staining the teeth. The cost can be higher as these veneers take more time and are generally fabricated in the dental laboratory by a technician which means that the look, overall fit and colors are carefully crafted. Even though these veneers cost more than composite restorations, they do not just last longer but also produce more natural and aesthetically pleasing results. A porcelain veneer has a minimal recovery time and does not require extensive care, however, to extend the lifespan of the veneer’s patients can wear a bite guard at night.