WHAT ARE VENEERS?
Veneers are facings that are bonded to the outer surfaces of your teeth to improve their appearance. They are rather like false nails. They can be made of composite filling material or porcelain.
TYPES OF VENEERS:
Composite veneers (bondings) are a tooth coloured resin based material which is applied by the dentist to the teeth to alter the appearance and/or the colour of the teeth. They can be done in 1 visit and generally last 7-8 years, at which time they can be done again, or replaced with porcelain veneers. They require polishing every 2 years or so. They are the least expensive type of veneer.
Porcelain veneers are made by the ceramist in a dental laboratory, so 2 visits are required. Usually the teeth need to be reduced a little although much less than for a crown. Porcelain veneers are more expensive due to the fact that they have to be made by a ceramist and require a little more time. They can last 10-12 years.
Porcelain veneers are very hard wearing, however it is recommended that patients do not use them for nailbiting. They are not recommended for patients who grind their teeth or who have an edge to edge bite. These patients should consider composite veneers.
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