• If you are not happy with your smile, you may turn to veneers as a way to improve your appearance. Dental veneers are meant to correct crooked teeth, chips, or other unsightly imperfections. Before you decide to undergo this cosmetic treatment, it is important to understand the various types of veneers that are available.

    Composite Resin Veneers

    Resin veneers are the most common options. They are easily applied and help to repair cosmetic problems like small chips or cracks. They may be used to change the look of misaligned teeth or to fill small gaps in the mouth as well. These veneers are some of the least expensive choices and are put into place in a short period of time. Usually, a person can expect a new smile in a single dentist visit.

    Unfortunately, the finish of resin veneers is not quite as good as with other alternatives. Also, they are prone to staining and discoloration. However, following a solid oral care routine will help to maintain them for a long period of time.

    Porcelain Veneers

    One of the most costly veneer options is porcelain. However, this treatment provides some of the best end results. Unlike with resin, a patient will need to attend more than one appointment to finish the procedure. Porcelain veneers are crafted in a laboratory and are custom designed for a perfect color match. They are quite durable and resist staining.

    It is important to understand that this veneer option requires a great deal of preparation.  A dentist may need to drill or reshape existing teeth. Repair or replacement of porcelain veneers may be expensive as well.

    Instant Veneers

    With instant veneers, a dentist will apply a pre-made product to teeth. Since there is not a custom-fit, the results are not seamless.  However, there are a number of styles and colors available.

    Instant veneers cost much less than porcelain, and the treatment is usually finished in one office visit. However, these veneers are not specially sculpted for a custom fit. Even though they resist stains, the long-term results are not as good as with porcelain veneers.

    Removable Veneers

    Removable veneers snap into position. They are one of the newest options and are crafted from resin that is formed in a thin layer and attached to the top of teeth. The wearer is able to eat normally, but he or she can remove the fixture for cleaning.

    A dentist imprints a patient’s teeth and selects a style and color that matches the existing teeth. This option is less expensive than other veneers. However, since this option is not meant as a permanent treatment, the long-term results are not as solid.

    If you are having problems with your smile, you may be interested in veneers. To understand what results to expect, you should consult with your dentist. Our staff members are ready to discuss all of your options and recommend the items that will bring the most positive impact to your teeth. For more information, contact us today.