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Your Veneer Guide: 3 Different Types of Veneer Materials

Do you have broken, chipped or discolored teeth? Here are the 3 types of veneers available and how to determine if you’re a right candidate for this cosmetic dentistry procedure.

Cosmetic dentistry treatments such as veneers, dental implants, and teeth whitening offer patients many benefits, including better oral health, improved self esteem, and an aesthetically pleasing smile.

Patients who consider porcelain veneers often do so to correct certain cosmetic or structural issues with their teeth, including:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Unwanted gaps between teeth
  • Minor misalignments
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Crooked teeth

Quality and Natural Looking Porcelain Veneers For a More Beautiful Smile

At Marlborough Dental Centre, we understand the importance of healthy and beautiful teeth, which is why we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services, including veneers, Invisalign, and teeth whitening, to help give you the straight, beautiful, and healthy smile you’ve always wanted.

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3 Types of Veneers: How to Decide Which Type is Right For You

Veneers are an innovative cosmetic dental product that are designed to improve the overall appearance of your teeth. Typically, they are placed on your front teeth and on the sides that show when you smile. During the procedure, your dentist will bond the veneer directly onto your teeth and if they’re done correctly, they provide a very natural appearance.

How to Choose Between the Different Types of Veneers

Veneers come in several colors and materials, but whichever material you opt for, veneers are designed to be thin, stain resistant, and durable enough to withstand the natural wear and tear your teeth go through on a daily basis.

There are 3 main types of veneer materials, each with their own set of pros and cons:

1. Porcelain Veneers

These are often the veneers of choice for patients who want to make small alterations to their teeth, or change the tooth shape, size, and color. Some of the benefits of porcelain veneers include:

  • They’re thinner compared to other veneers
  • You can enjoy a very natural tooth appearance
  • With proper care, porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years
  • In most cases, none of the natural tooth has to be shaved down

Keep in Mind: Porcelain veneers may be extremely durable and natural looking, but they are also more expensive and require a special polishing paste. Also, if they break, they cannot be repaired and will require a replacement.


2. Ceramic Veneers

Ceramic veneers are one of the most popular types of veneers used and are generally considered an excellent choice for many patients due to their:

  • Natural appearance
  • Ability to mimic your natural teeth
  • Durability

Keep in mind: Ceramic veneers can take longer to create than other types. You may also experience some tooth sensitivity for a few days after the treatment, but this is temporary.



3. Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are favored by some patients because of their cost-effectiveness. They can also usually be placed in just one treatment, reducing your need for numerous dental visits. Some of the other advantages of this type of veneer include:

  • They require less tooth preparation as compared to other veneers
  • The cost is typically half of that of porcelain veneers
  • High quality composite veneers can look natural

Keep in mind: Composite veneers may be more affordable, but they’re also more likely to stain, break, or chip. Unlike porcelain veneers, composite veneers have a lifespan of approximately 5 years.


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To find out more about the cost and benefit of our veneer treatments, and how our Calgary dentists can help you find the right veneer material and color for your specific needs, visit us at 1141-3800 Memorial Drive NE, Calgary, AB T2A 2K2.

Alternatively, you can contact us at 403-248-2066 or fill in our online contact form.

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