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, since while the former remain in perfect condition between 10 and 15 years, composite veneers do not usually exceed 10 years, being 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 great 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 a treatment with ultraviolet light to harden them and make them perfectly fixed.
The main advantage of veneers made of composite is that they are very easy 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 cheaper price than the porcelain ones.
And if we focus on the drawbacks, it must be said that they last less than porcelain , as well as that 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, to say that 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 materials such as leucite , which greatly increases its resistance, being very similar to that of the tooth itself.
The dental porcelain veneers are produced in an external laboratory , which makes the creation process is 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 these measurements to the laboratory, where they will be in charge of the design and manufacture of the veneers in a totally personalized way through the CAD / CAM system of design by computer.
Once finished and in the clinic, the professional will proceed to the application of the veneers using a very powerful adhesive substance, in many cases of ultra-thin veneers, it is not even necessary to carve the tooth enamel due to the great resistance of the material.
With a great durability that ranges between 10 and 15 years, the appearance of veneers on porcelain teeth is even more natural than that of composite teeth, and 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 it will not be necessary to go to the dentist.
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, to which we would have to add the manufacturing time in the laboratory. Also its price, which is higher, as well as that in case of breakage, they cannot be repaired, and the only solution is to replace the veneer piece with a new one.