Veneers have become extremely popular in cosmetic dentistry in recent years. Applied to the front surface of teeth, they improve appearance by covering up defects such as chips, cracks and stains. They can also be used to change the size or shape of a tooth.
Veneers can be made of two different materials. The simplest to apply are those made of composite resin material. Veneers made of composite effectively hide defects at a relatively inexpensive price point. The downside is that they can absorb stains over time from things you consume such as coffee, tea and red wine. They are also relatively fragile and are prone to damage. Their lack of durability means that they do not last nearly as long as veneers made of porcelain.
The more common material for veneers is porcelain. Porcelain veneers are extremely durable, able to last for 10 to 15 years or longer. Porcelain is also stain resistant, so veneers made of this material will not absorb stains from the things you eat and drink. In addition, certain properties inherent in porcelain make it able to reflect light similar to natural teeth. As a result, porcelain veneers look very natural in appearance.
If you are interested in improving your smile with veneers, contact our cosmetic dentist in North Hollywood to discuss which kind is right for you.