Veneers now have over 30 years of widespread use, and they’ve become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for covering up stains, cracks and other dental imperfections. Composite veneers are often marketed as the most modern form, but newer is not always better when it comes to dental procedures.
However, the time-tested material of porcelain may be a better choice for your new veneers. Whether you need a few minor improvements to your smile or desire a complete dental makeover, these five benefits make it worth spending a little more for porcelain instead of composite resins.
With around one third of veneers failing within the first ten years due to aesthetic issues alone, you’re better off paying for the veneers that resist staining and discoloration the best. Porcelain has a smooth and non-porous surface that can only come from lab manufacturing, resulting in veneers that stay white longer.
You should still consider giving up your most staining drinks and foods, such as red wine and coffee. However, you can still enjoy these pigment-heavy treats on an occasional basis without staining if you choose porcelain rather than composite resin veneers.
Most dental patients want their veneers to last as long as possible so they don’t have to visit the dentist more often than what’s necessary for repairs and replacements. While composite veneers usually last five to seven years at least, porcelain offers a much greater lifespan at 10 to 15 years before work is needed in most cases.
Why settle for veneers that start to show their age in less than a decade? Porcelain veneers do cost more each time you replace them. However, if you factor out that cost over the double or triple lifespan, you may find the price is the same or even less for the more durable materials.
Composite veneers are not as finely sculpted or as carefully colored, which means they’re limited in what kind of discoloration, missing material and cracks they cover. In contrast, porcelain is solid and thick enough to cover practically any kind of damage that is within the limits of veneer application.
This means that porcelain veneers are preferred for people looking to adjust the look of slightly crooked teeth and fill in minor gaps. While veneers are limited in what they can do without the prior application of orthodontics, porcelain materials offer a greater amount of adjustment and improvement to your smile.
Are you concerned about stabilizing a damaged tooth or teeth that may become more damaged over time? Porcelain is strong enough to offer a stabilizing and binding effect to an otherwise intact tooth weakened by a chip, crack or other form of damage.
Of course, not every tooth can be saved with a veneer. That’s why you should work with an experienced cosmetic dentist to work out the best course of action for each individual tooth so the entire smile looks its best. A customized set of veneers is well worth the wait.
Finally, porcelain offers the finest control of the color, tint and shade of each individual tooth covered by a veneer. This creates a more natural looking smile than can be achieved with composite resin veneers. If you’re concerned about people noticing you’ve had veneers installed, porcelain is the better choice for a natural adjustment to your smile.
No matter what kind of veneers or other cosmetic procedures you want, we can help here at Beck Pearce Dental. Contact us today for an appointment to discuss your options for minimally invasive improvements to your smile that will last.