A dental veneer is a thin shell made of two different materials, composites and porcelain. They are placed directly on the teeth by the dentist during one session (approximately five hours for each jaw) minimally invasive treatment in which a very small amount of tooth structure including enamel will be ground down for veneers to fit.
Composite veneers are less preferred because they are stainable and have a relatively high brittleness. However, it still has a lot of fans because they take less time to be prepared and installed on the patient’s teeth and the patient can have a beautiful smile in one session.
Porcelain veneers are less prone to staining and much more durable than composites, so if you take proper care of them, they can last up to ten years. Also, the appearance of this type of dental veneer is very natural and beautiful, and this type of veneer is usually used to design a Hollywood smile. To place them correctly on the patient’s teeth, it is necessary to remove a thin layer of enamel and make some minor changes in the shape of the teeth. The purpose of these changes is to ensure that the veneers are properly placed on the teeth and do not create a bulky and abnormal appearance on the teeth. This is an irreversible and somewhat painful process, which is why the dentist usually uses local anesthesia to install this type of dental veneer.
Porcelain veneers cost is almost twice composite veneers. Although composite veneers may be damaged sooner, they can be easily repaired. On the opposite, porcelain veneers are more durable but not repairable. So, if they are broken or damaged, they must be completely replaced.