What kinds of veneers are suitable for you?

Since you were young, you’ve had it instilled into you that you have to keep your teeth healthy, and that is a sage advice you should take into adulthood. However, there is a particular onus these days to have perfect, glistening white teeth that a Hollywood star would be jealous of. It is actually inspired by the teeth of actors, musicians and even comedians and people are all looking for ways that they can make their pearly’s even whiter. Whilst some stick to home methods, one of the easiest and quickest ways to achieve this is to have a dentist fit veneers to your teeth.

They have now become highly popular and a much sought after product that dentists sell and install for you; it involves having a layer of materials grafted to the top layer of your teeth which gives them a neat and uniform look as well as improving the colour and shape dramatically. They are available in all kinds of materials and have different lengths of time that they will last and the choice you make will usually boil down to your budget. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular types that dentists often find themselves installing in their patients.


You may equate porcelain to the brilliant white cups and saucers you may see on Downton Abbey but they can actually be used to make veneers. This is probably the most well know veneer that you could choose and the reason for this being that porcelain is a tricky material to work with, prone to breakages and cracks and just generally being a pain to work with. They are also handmade to match the particular set of teeth that they will be fitted on and your dentist will have to do a substantial amount of work on the day to graft them properly.

However, they do give the most dramatic results. To the point where many people can’t actually believe that it’s them smiling back when they first look into a mirror after the procedure. They also have an extremely long lifespan when compared to other materials and can last anywhere between 7-20- years dependent on your particular oral hygiene routine and your lifestyle. Part of the reason they look so good will be down to the preparation work of the dentist before he actually puts the veneers onto them. The quality of the material itself, with its dazzling shade of white and smooth even surface are factors which also helps in making porcelain one of the best materials to use for the purpose of dental veneers.

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers, whilst not being as well-known as their porcelain cousins, are usually made of pre poured and set resin. A mold of your teeth will be taken and then it will be further cut and shaped to fill in gaps, abnormalities and other undesirable parts of your smile. They are then affixed to the surface of your teeth. Composites are normally used to repair and improve small areas of your smile but they can also be used to fully veneer them. All of this work will usually be done at the surgery in one session.

The main advantage of using composite veneers are that they come at a substantially lower cost than porcelain veneers as the material is not quite as brittle and unforgiving as porcelain, it also takes far less time to apply. However the after effect will not be as brilliantly white as porcelain due to the resin used not being as reflective and smooth surfaced as the porcelain is. They also don’t last quite as long as porcelain as their stain resistance is substantially lower, however with a good oral hygiene regimen they can be expected to last up to ten years or possibly even more.

Thanks for taking the time out to read this article. There’s a lot more to having veneers installed on your teeth than you may initially think, so hopefully you have an idea of the differences in some kinds of veneers and this will help you with your decision making. Please click the following link for more information on how to find a reputable dental surgery.