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Composite resin veneers are a low-cost alternative to porcelain veneers that also have a long record of satisfaction and success. Both types of veneers offer a quick and convenient way to improve the appearance of stained, misshapen, damaged or misaligned teeth. Imperfections are masked by composite resin that is bonded to the front of your existing teeth.
Benefits of Composite Resin Veneers
Composite resin veneers are performed in a single day. Porcelain veneers are fabricated by a laboratory and require a follow-up office visit. Composite resin veneers are like putty in the hands of a gifted sculptor; the material is applied directly to the teeth and then shaped to perfection by your dentist. Each layer is hardened by focusing a high-intensity light on the tooth, and then polished.
How long do Veneers Last?
Composite resin is not as durable as porcelain, lasting an expected five to seven years. By contrast, porcelain veneers should last 10 to 20 years. The translucent surface of porcelain also provides a more natural look for the veneer, and is resistant to staining. With composite resin veneers, patients are advised to avoid certain foods that can cause discoloration of the material.
When You Should Choose Veneers
Both types of veneers are effective ways to address dental issues that might normally require more complex procedures. For example, veneers are a simpler and less costly alternative to dental crowns and orthodontic realignment. Veneers can add balance to misshapen teeth, cover gaps, make crookedness less noticeable, fill cracks, add volume to teeth with chips and cover up existing discoloration. However, to cover larger gaps between teeth, the stronger porcelain veneers may be the better option.
This option is not a way to mask serious oral health issues, however. Before veneers can be considered, your Contos Smile Center dentist will need to treat any existing gum disease, fill cavities and cure any infections. Also, veneers may not be appropriate for patients who tend to grind or clench their teeth, as this may damage the veneers over time. In some cases, your dentist will recommend a mouth guard to wear at night as a way to prevent chipping or friction that will wear away the surface.
For more information on composite resin veneers or to schedule an appointment in our Chicago office, call (773) 973-0531 or email Contos Smile Center today.
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