A dental veneer is an ultra-thin shell of tooth-colored porcelain or composite that is cemented over the facial surfaces of your teeth to correct dental issues including worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing, tooth discoloration, and chips or cracks.

Regardless of what causes unattractive teeth, dental veneers may solve most or even all of your cosmetic dental issues, including:

  • Worn enamel: Tooth enamel can become worn or dulled naturally over time (consuming soft drinks, tea or coffee, smoking and the use of certain medications), or as a result of a genetic predisposition. Veneers are perfect for correcting smiles affected by worn enamel.

  • Wear and tear: As we age, our teeth naturally begin to wear down. Aged teeth are more likely to have chips, cracks or a generally uneven appearance. Veneers can restore the natural appearance of healthy, youthful teeth.

  • Genetics: Certain people are born with abnormal spacing between their teeth that widens with age.

  • Uneven teeth: Uneven teeth can result from the grinding/gnashing of teeth, and/or through general wear and tear. This can lead to biting issues (malocclusion) in addition to cosmetic smile issues.

  • Discoloration: Stubborn tooth discoloration may not be fully correctable through teeth whitening. In such cases, veneers can offer a simple, cosmetic solution.

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers have a number of advantages over porcelain, chief among which is cost. On average, porcelain veneers are twice as expensive as composites, which is very important for some people given that most treatments are not covered by insurance, meaning you are likely paying out-of-pocket for treatment. The cost of veneers varies based on a number of factors, but composites cost on average between $250 and $1,500 per tooth. This can add up quickly in a smile makeover.

Composite or Porcelain… What’s the Verdict?

At the end of the day, the only way to determine whether a composite or porcelain veneer solution is right for you is to speak with your dentist about your aesthetic goals and to weigh your personal considerations. In other words, what is most important to you? If you’re looking for the most cost-effective solution, then a composite veneers treatment plan will probably be a good fit. However, if you have a severe aesthetic concern, or you’re looking for the most natural and durable treatment solution (and the cost is not a consideration), then porcelain veneers will give you a fantastic result.

Ceramic Veneers

Ceramic is defined as a product made from non-metallic material by firing at a high temperature.

Application of Ceramic in dentistry is promising:

  • highly esthetic

  • Stronger, wear resistant

  • Impervious to oral fluids and absolutely bi-compatible.

Applications of Ceramic in Prosthetic Dentistry:

  • Inlays and Onlays

  • Aesthetic Inseminates (veneers) over natural teeth

  • single (all ceramic) crowns

  • Short  span (all Ceramic) bridges

  • As Veneer for cast metal crowns and bridges (metal Ceramics)

  • Artificial denture teeth (for Complete denture and partial denture use)

  • Ceramic Orthodontic Brackets.