“What Are The Different Types Of Dental Veneers? By Cosmetic Dentistry Atlanta 1. Dental veneers consist of extremely thin pieces of porcelain or plastic which are especially formed to be attached over the front of teeth. There are several different types of dental veneers available including Porcelain, Lumineer, Composite Resin, and CEREC Veneers. Porcelain Veneers Porcelain veneers are typically made from dental grade porcelain because it is very strong, durable, and mimics the look and feel of natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are very thin shells of porcelain custom made for you. Porcelain veneers are applied to the front of your teeth and can be color matched to your natural teeth or created to be several shades whiter if you would like to whiten your smile. Porcelain veneers are much stronger than composite veneers and are less likely to chip or crack. Porcelain veneers more closely resemble natural teeth and may be a better choice depending on your individual needs.To have porcelain veneers fitted, usually 2 or 3 dental appointments are required. Following an initial examination of the teeth, a small amount of the tooth is removed to enable the veneers to fit closely.
Temporary veneers will be applied to the teeth while a dental laboratory manufactures the final veneers which will be fixed in place during the next appointment. Lumineer Veneers Lumineers Veneers are the most popular of what are called minimal preparation and “no-prep” ceramic veneer options. The difference in these types of veneers is that they typically do not require the dentist to grind, cut down, or file any tooth structure for proper placement. Additionally there is no need for shots because Lumineers do not require any drilling of sensitive teeth structure. Lumineers last over 20 years with proper care, and allow you to eat and drink whatever you want.
Additionally Lumineers, unlike traditional veneers are reversible because there is no penetration into the layer of tooth substance beyond the enamel.Lumineers are thinner than the porcelain variety and are approximately as thick as a contact lens. As with porcelain veneers a minimum of two visits to the dentist will be required but there will be no need to have temporary veneers fitted in the meantime. Lumineers are extremely durable and resistant to becoming stained, but they may feel bigger than and are more expensive than traditional porcelain veneers. Composite Resin Veneers Composite Resin Veneers-also known as Direct Veneers- are made from resin, the same material which is often used to create white fillings. The resin is applied to the tooth’s surface and polished into shape by the dentist. Resin Veneers are considerably cheaper than porcelain varieties and usually only require one visit to the dentist.
Mostly constructed by the dentist in the patient’s mouth, composite veneers tend to be slightly weaker than porcelain and on average can chip or stain more easily. Results depend on the precision and artistic ability of the dentist. Composite resin veneers are not as hard wearing and only last for around five years before they need to be replaced. CEREC Veneers CEREC Veneers are made of porcelain, instead of being made in a dental laboratory, the veneers will be made at the dental office while the patient waits. Three dimensional digital images are taken of the teeth where the veneers will be place; these images are then transferred to computer with specialized Computer Aided Design (CAD) software installed. The resulting 3D image will be used to create a design for each veneer, the designs are then sent to a computerized machine which will make each veneer from solid block of porcelain. The latest CEREC machines can manufacture a single porcelain veneer in under five minutes, so while one veneer is being fitted by the dentist, a dental technician can be overseeing the machining of the next veneer.
As well as the obvious advantage of the complete process only taking one appointment, veneers which are made from a single block of porcelain resulting in an extremely strong finished product. The main disadvantage of CEREC Veneers is their greater cost, due to the expense of the equipment and additional training for the dental staff to undertake. Selecting a Type of Dental Veneer The selection a type of dental veneer should be done through a consultation with your cosmetic dentist. As long as your cosmetic dentist knows what you are wanting to achieve, then trust them to guide you to the right type of veneers.