Dental veneers are a durable solution to improve the appearance and function of your smile Dental veneers are essentially thin shells made from porcelain or composite resin that are attached to the surface of your teeth. Veneers are a great way to improve the appearance whilst maintaining healthy function and structure. Why should you consider veneers? Veneers are an effective solution to treat a range of cosmetic and restorative concerns, such as: Chipped teeth Cracked teeth Gaps between teeth Misaligned and crooked teeth Damaged teeth Discolouration Stains Types of veneers There are many types of dental veneers, both with their own advantages and disadvantages. The two most common types are porcelain and composite veneers. Your dentistr will be able to advise you on the most effective treatment for your specific condition. Composite Veneers Composite veneers are the most convenient form of dental veneer. They are the most affordable and can be placed in a single visit at Surf Coast Dental. The biggest disadvantage to composite veneers is that they are not as durable as other options and are prone to chipping. For this reason, they may need to be replaced often. They also don’t look as natural as porcelain veneers. Porcelain Veneers Porcelain veneers last the longest and are generally the most popular choice of veneer. However, the biggest advantage is that they are the most natural looking option, therefore porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite veneers. Porcelain veneers are resistant to stains and reflect light in the same way as your natural teeth. As porcelain veneers are custom made in a dental laboratory, the process is much longer than receiving composite resin veneers. The dental veneers procedure Depending on your specific condition and the type of veneer you are receiving, you may require between one and three appointments. First appointment – During your first appointment, your dentist will discuss with you what your expectations and desires are and then the condition of your teeth will be assessed. Second appointment – At this appointment, the teeth will be prepared and will be gently shaped into an appropriate form so that the veneer that is applied will look and feel natural. It is also important for your veneer to be proportionate to the rest of your teeth. Moulds are then taken of your teeth and sent away to the dental laboratory so that your prosthetic can be made. A temporary veneer is placed while you wait for the final veneer to be finished. Third appointment – In you last appointment, the final veneer is fitted and any small changes can be made. If properly maintained, composite resin veneers will last around 4-8 years, whilst porcelain veneers can last anywhere between 12-25 years. Dental veneers in Torquay at Surf Coast Dental If you would like to find out how dental veneers can help to improve the appearance of your smile, book an appointment with our friendly team today! Don’t forget to share this via Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn.