Different Types of Dental Veneers
Dental veneers, extremely slim pieces of porcelain or plastic, are particularly formed to be attached over the front of teeth. Dentists use veneers to protect the surface of a tooth which has become damaged as well as to improve the appearance of a tooth. The visual appearance of veneers is almost similar to clean healthy teeth and its application provides a very natural look.
Various types of dental veneers
Different types of dental veneers include lumineer, porcelain, composite resin and cerec veneers.
Porcelain veneers consists of an extremely thin layer of porcelain material which is fixed on the tooth. Usually a patient needs two or three dental appointments to fit porcelain veneers. The dentist, after an initial examination, removes a small portion of a tooth to enable the veneers to fit closely. He applies temporary veneers to the teeth until a laboratory manufactures the final veneers. This, mostly, can be fixed during the next consultation.
Lumineer veneers are slimmer, but may feel bigger than porcelain veneers. It has approximately the thickness of a contact lens. The dentist need not remove the portion of the teeth or shape them to fit the veneers in place, which is an advantage of lumineer veneers compared to porcelain veneers. These types of veneers are extremely durable and resist the teeth from staining. However, it is more expensive than traditional porcelain veneers. Just like porcelain veneers, lumineer variety requires a minimum of two visits to the dentist, but temporary veneers are not required to be fitted in the meantime.
Composite Resin Veneers
Composite veneers, which are also known as direct veneers, are considerably cheaper than traditional porcelain veneers. The material used to create white filling and composite resin veneers are same. Doctors apply the resin to the surface of the tooth and polish into shape. Usually patients need to visit the dentist only once to fix composite resin veneers. But, they are only expected to last for around five years, as they are not as hard wearing. After that the veneer should be replaced.
The material used in porcelain veneers and CEREC veneers is same, porcelain. But, the location and method of manufacturing process is different. They are made at the dental clinic while the patient waits, while the porcelain veneers are made in a dental laboratory. The treatment with CEREC veneers consists of the following steps.
- Take the three dimensional images of the teeth where the veneers need to be placed.
- Transfer these images to computer in which specialized computer aided design (CAD) software is installed.
- Create a design for each veneer used with the resultant computerized three-dimensional image.
- Sent the designs to a computerized milling machine where each veneer is made from solid block of porcelain.
You should consult an efficient dentist to get advice in selecting a dental veneer. He, with his knowledge, experience and training, can help you to choose the most appropriate type.