If you finally decide to undergo dental treatment with veneers, you should know that you have two options to choose from composite veneers and porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers tend to last longer than composite veneers. While the former remains in perfect condition between 10 and 15 years, composite veneers do not usually exceed ten years, necessary to replace them with new ones.
The composite veneers are made of a material based on acrylic resin mixed with ceramic. A combination that gives it high resistance and excellent durability.
They are placed directly on the dental piece, with the specialized dentist in charge of molding them to fit the rest of the teeth, subsequently applying treatment with ultraviolet light to harden them and make them perfectly fixed.
The main advantage of veneers made of composite is that they are straightforward to apply and require little preparation beyond a light filing of the superficial part of the tooth enamel. It must also be said that usually, the composite ones tend to have a much lower price than the porcelain ones.
And if we focus on the drawbacks, it must be said that they last less than porcelain. It is possible that with the passage of time and the use of food, especially among smokers and coffee consumers, the enamel veneers vary slightly.
Finally, when wearing composite dental veneers, it is highly recommended to visit the dentist periodically to take care of their maintenance since they have more possibilities of fracture than porcelain ones.
On the other hand, there are porcelain veneers, made from a glass-ceramic, reinforced with leucite, which significantly increases its resistance, being very similar to that of the tooth itself.
The dental porcelain veneers are produced in an external laboratory, making the creation process slower than that of porcelain. The first step for its preparation will be to take measurements of the patient’s dental pieces and later transfer them to the laboratory, where they will be in charge of designing and manufacturing the veneers in a personalized way through the CAD / CAM system the invention by the computer.
Once finished and in the clinic, the professional will proceed to apply the veneers using a potent adhesive substance; in many ultra-thin veneers, it is not even necessary to carve the tooth enamel due to the excellent resistance of the material.
With excellent durability that ranges between 10 and 15 years, the appearance of veneers on porcelain teeth is even more natural than that of composite teeth. They also do not tend to suffer color variations over time, remaining like new at all times.
One of the most outstanding advantages of porcelain veneers is that they do not need maintenance, so going to the dentist will not be necessary.
If we focus on the inconveniences, we should talk about a slower installation time since it could be necessary to go to the consultation on different occasions to take measurements. We would have to add the manufacturing time in the laboratory. Also, its price, which is higher and that in case of breakage, cannot be repaired, and the only solution is to replace the veneer piece with a new one.