What are veneers?

A veneer is a thin film of restorative material that is placed over the front of a tooth to give it a more aesthetic appearance. The most commonly used materials in creating a veneer are porcelain and composite resin.

Two Types of Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of a tooth or teeth. These veneers are made in a dental laboratory and take about two weeks to make. The typical life span of porcelain veneers is between 12-25 years and rarely requires maintenance, as they don’t stain from smoking or coffee.

Composite resin veneers are made the same day and cost less than their porcelain counterparts at the initial visit. However, they stain and chip, so they require additional costs to touch them up. Additionally, resin composite is not as strong or as natural looking as porcelain, so there are restrictions on what you can eat with them and the typical life span is 4-8 years.

Uses & Procedures

Veneers are commonly used to restore chipped or worn teeth. The proper dental procedure is to use bonding techniques to secure a thin sheet of porcelain or apply a thin coat of composite resin to the tooth. Both enamel and porcelain veneers are translucent; composite resin tends to block out light. Veneers, like enamel, provide a sense of depth and a very lifelike appearance.

Veneer Education

Ask Dr. Maria Hayes at Alluring Smiles, LLC whether one of these options may be right for you. Our dentist will discuss the dentistry procedures with you, as well as educate you on proper home care and diet. Proper care and diet are essential for the longevity of both veneer options.

If you would like to learn more about our dental veneers in Gaithersburg, Maryland, contact our office at 301-637-6155 today!