If your teeth are in relatively good shape, and you just want to change their appearance, including their shape or color, veneers may be a good choice.

Remember, these aesthetic dental decisions should not be rushed. Take your time, learn the differences, and discuss extensively with your dentist before choosing the right treatment option. Picking the dentist that’s best for you is important as well. You want to consult with a cosmetic dentist with great reviews and years of experience.

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Evaluating immediate expenses and long-term value is vital when considering the composite vs. porcelain veneers.

Personal needs, longevity, cost, and oral health can influence the right treatment for you.

The difference between porcelain and  composite veneers may appear tricky to the untrained eye. Both types of veneers aim to enhance and protect your teeth, each offering unique advantages that can dramatically improve your smile and increase your self-confidence.

Porcelain veneers are initially more expensive due to the specialized skills involved and the use of high-quality dental labs.  

With its translucent quality, porcelain most closely matches the look of a natural tooth. It’s also resistant to both stains and chips. 

You still need to be diligent with your oral care, but porcelain veneers offer unparalleled protection. And because they’re firmly cemented to the teeth, it’s almost impossible (with proper application) for plaque and bacteria to seep beneath the veneer and infect the underlying tooth. 

Placing a veneer requires retaining more of your natural tooth than a dental crown, commonly used to strengthen heavily decayed or broken-down teeth. 

The procedure requires the dentist to remove some of your tooth’s enamel, making it irreversible — so be sure before you commit!

You will receive a set of temporary veneers while you are waiting. This will give you the opportunity to go over the design of your new smile. If there are some details you wish to change with the temps this is the perfect time to let your dentist know. 

Composite veneers can help achieve symmetry, shape, length, and contour – your dream smile – without damaging your natural teeth.

When porcelain veneers are properly cared for, they can last for 10 to 20 years. Composite veneers only last 7 to 10 years.

Although cheaper upfront, analyzing composite vs porcelain veneer prices involves assessing initial expenditure and potential future expenses. Composite veneers may need frequent replacements and potentially incur additional costs over time. 

The cons of composite veneers include:

  • Material is 5% weaker than porcelain and could chip
  • Last 7-10 years
  • Look slightly less natural than porcelain
  • Can make teeth look whiter but not with extremely dark teeth

Porcelain Veneers

The pros of porcelain veneers include:

  • Custom made
  • Longer lasting because of the stronger materials used
  • Can last 10 to 20 years
  • Ability to fix darker stained teeth
  • Most natural look

I hope you found this blog post helpful.

If you are interested in booking a virtual or in office consultation with Beverly Hills top Cosmetic dentist, Dr. Laurence Rifkin, Please feel free to send me an email at audrey@labeautyguide.com

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