Porcelain Veneers and Composite Resin Veneers
Achieve a Whiter, More Beautiful Smile
A dental veneer is a thin shell that your dentist cements to the front surfaces of one or more teeth. This cosmetic dental procedure also helps protect teeth and can eliminate the need for extensive cosmetic restorations. Many patients turn to veneers as an alternative solution to teeth whitening, orthodontic treatment, or tooth extraction. Our team of cosmetic dentists at Full Smile Dental offers composite and porcelain veneers at our dental practices in Dumas, Canyon, Amarillo, Farwell, and Dalhart, TX.
There are two types of veneers: porcelain and composite resin. Porcelain is more resistant to stains because it is such a strong material, and a special glaze is applied after the veneers are applied. Because of this added protection, patients who receive porcelain veneers often do not need to adjust their diet or avoid food and drink that causes stains.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers offer many benefits, including:
- Porcelain veneers can last up to 10–15 years.
- They are created and customized in a dental laboratory.
- Porcelain naturally has a translucent quality that's similar to tooth enamel.
- Porcelain is more durable and resistant to stains.
- Porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of more severe dental issues.
Composite Resin Veneers
Composite resin veneers are an excellent cosmetic dental treatment for patients looking to quickly and effectively restore their smile. You can receive this treatment in one day, but should avoid food and drinks that stain teeth, as these veneers are more porous.
Benefits of Composite Resin Veneers
Composite resin veneers offer many benefits, including:
- Composite resin veneers last 5–7 years.
- Composites can be fabricated while you wait, making same-day restoration possible.
- Composite veneers cost less than porcelain veneers.
- Your natural teeth are not permanently altered before the composite material is applied, unlike porcelain veneers which require the teeth to be reshaped.
What Can Veneers Help With?
Veneers can correct many dental issues, such as:
- Misshapen teeth
- Dental overcrowding
- Minor misalignment
- Gaps between teeth
Am I a Good Candidate?
Veneers are an excellent cosmetic dental treatment to consider if you have severely discolored or stained teeth, need a chipped or cracked tooth repaired, or wish to improve your smile overall. There must be sufficient tooth enamel on the teeth to create a strong bonding surface. Patients who excessively grind or clench their teeth may not be good candidates for veneers because this pressure could cause the veneer to crack.
What to Expect During Treatment
The process for applying porcelain and composite resin veneers varies slightly. Porcelain veneers require two appointments. At the first appointment, your dentist will trim a small amount of enamel off the teeth to create space for the veneers. We will make an impression of the teeth and determine their final shade. Your dentist may provide you with temporary veneers to wear while your final set is being fabricated.
At the second appointment, your dentist will bond the veneer to the surface of each tooth using cement. We use a special light to harden them and ensure they are firmly attached. Any extra material will be trimmed off and your new smile is ready for you to enjoy.
Composite resin veneers can be created and applied in a single visit. At your appointment, your dentist will select the right shade of resin to match your aesthetic goals and apply the material directly onto the teeth. We will sculpt the resin and use a light to harden it. Smoothing, polishing, and finishing touches are made and your new smile is complete.
Porcelain Veneers and Composite Veneers in Dumas, Canyon, Amarillo, Farwell, and Dalhart, TX
Full Smile Dental provides exceptional dental and oral surgery care to patients of all ages. Our team of general and cosmetic dentists, pediatric dentists, and oral surgeons are committed to going beyond the standard of care for every patient. Each of our offices are equipped with advanced technology and accept many forms of payment and financing to make your oral health treatment more affordable. Contact us to learn about how veneers can correct your cosmetic dental issues and help you achieve a healthier, brighter looking smile.
Frequently Asked Questions: Veneers
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Your veneers will last longer when properly cared for, regardless of the material they are made out of. Porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years, while composite resin veneers can last up to 7.
How Do I Take Care of My Veneers?
Practice good oral hygiene and avoid grinding or clenching your teeth. Avoid food or drinks that cause stains like red wine, coffee, tea, and soda, especially if you have composite resin veneers.
Do Veneers Need Maintenance?
As long as you practice good oral hygiene and do not notice any cracks or chips in your veneers, you do not need to see your dentist for maintenance.
How Long Do Veneers Stay White?
Your veneers will remain the same color as the day your dentist applied them as long as you keep them clean.
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