If you’re looking for a solution to improve the look of your smile, veneers are a fast, effective, and versatile option.
A dental veneer is a thin layer of natural looking material that covers the front surface of your tooth. Veneers can improve many cosmetic problems such as discoloration, cracks, chips and spaces between the teeth.
You may have come across several types of dental veneers and high prices when researching this popular cosmetic treatment. In our dental practice in Cartagena, Colombia, we have chosen to offer porcelain or composite veneers to our patients.
We want to explain the difference between porcelain and composite resin veneers so that you can make an informed decision about your dental care.
Porcelain dental veneers
Our porcelain veneers are custom made in a laboratory to make your smile unique. As their name suggests, they are made of porcelain, they are translucent and allow for an incredibly natural appearance. High quality porcelain is also very stain resistant.
In addition, porcelain veneers are extremely durable. Although it is still possible to damage them if you are not careful, these facets can last for more than 10 years.
There are certain aesthetic imperfections that certain facets cannot conceal. Porcelain veneers are popular because they can mask a wide range of cosmetic issues.
Two visits to the dental office are usually required to complete the porcelain veneer process. During your first visit, our dentist will assess your treatment, take dental impressions and do a minor preparation of the enamel. At this point, you will be equipped with temporary veneers to wear before your second visit, where our dentist will place your porcelain veneers.
Prices in US $
|Composite (bounding) veneer||75 $||350 $||350 $|
|100 % porcelain (ceramic) veneer||225 $||1100 $||1200 $|
|Zirconia/porcelain veneer||250 $||1250 $||1350 $|
Resin or composite dental veneers (bounding)
The resin or composite veneers are sculpted directly on your natural white tooth by the process named « bounding ». They usually require minimal dental preparation, so they can be reversible in some cases. And since they are often finished in one day, you do not have to wear temporary veneers during restoration as for porcelain veneers.
These veneers are an economical option with several advantages, but they also have potential drawbacks. For example, resin veneers are not as versatile as porcelain veneers. They are not as strong as porcelain and may not be suitable for heavy wear situations.
Resin veneers generally have a shorter lifespan than their porcelain counterparts and they may also not be able to cover imperfections to the same degree.
If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive way to fix your cosmetic issues, resin veneers may be a good solution, but the results with bonding on teeth are often less effective than porcelain veneers and usually don’t last not as long.