What is the difference between ceramic veneers and porcelain dental veneers?
How to choose between ceramic veneer, porcelain or resin for your dental veneers?
Is it possible that dental ceramic veneers do not exist?
Porcelain is the material used even if we speak of ceramic
We are often asked the difference between dental porcelain veneers or ceramic veneers. They may look the same since we apply the same finishes and colors.
In fact, ceramic is made of enameled clay components and is more porous while porcelain is made from different minerals fused to form a solid product that is ready to receive colored enamel.
Being denser, porcelain veneers are more impervious to moisture and for this reason they are considered to be more durable and better suited for dental veneers.
Generally, when a patient wants dental veneers, he wants porcelain even if he says he wants ceramic. People use the two words interchangeably, as if they were one and the same.
How many appointments to our dentist for veneers?
Dental veneers are a procedure in which a coating is placed on the outside (visible area) of the tooth.
The direct technique is usually to place a composite resin on the outside of the tooth by gluing. This method is generally called « bounding » for dental veneers in composite or resin.
The indirect technique usually involves two appointments, as the veneers will be made in a dental laboratory. At the first appointment with our dentist, your teeth are prepared, the impressions are taken and the teeth are temporarily covered.
After two to three days, the veneers are returned from the laboratory, the temporary ones are removed and the veneers are stuck to the teeth. Laboratory-made veneers are generally made of porcelain and are very aesthetic.
The advantage of dental veneers over dental crowns is that much less dental material is removed and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable.