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Cosmetic Dental Treatment: Why Dental Veneers Are Popular

Cosmetic Dental Treatment

Cosmetic Dental Treatment | The amazing popularity of the dental veneers cosmetic dental treatment has continued unabated into 2021, with patients increasingly attracted to the appeal of a simple solution for improving superficial issues with teeth. Patients consider veneers for the following reasons.

  • Stains or discoloration
  • Undesirable tooth shape
  • Gapping
  • Chips

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are a thin layer of composite resin or porcelain applied to the outer surface of teeth for the improvement of various cosmetic issues. 

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What are composite resin veneers?

The material used for cosmetic resin dental veneers is much like that used for the restoration of cavities. A dental laboratory is capable of producing these types of veneers. However, most of them are directly applied by your dentist while the patient is sitting comfortably in a dental chair. Many patients choose composite as their preferred cosmetic dental treatment.

Unlike porcelain veneers, composite veneers are applied directly. One advantage of doing it this way is that your treatment will be faster and only involve one dental appointment.

What are porcelain veneers?

Sometimes known as ceramic veneers, porcelain veneers are tailor-made to fit over the front of the tooth. This type is developed in a dental lab by a dental technician.

Porcelain veneers are stain resistant and durable. They are also life-like. This glass-like finish makes porcelain veneers almost indistinguishable from natural teeth.

Aside from expense, the only real drawback of this cosmetic dental treatment is that it can take more than one visit for completion.

How are composite veneers different from porcelain dental veneers?

Patients are sometimes surprised to learn that there are actually two different types of dental veneers, which is nice because you have more choices available to suit your individual needs.

Composite veneers are a less expensive solution, but they are not as durable as porcelain. They can also become stained, unlike porcelain.

Do dental veneers appear natural?

Dental veneers are meant to appear natural. However, every patient is different. 

For example, some patients may want a very natural look, while others prefer more of a “Hollywood smile” that is almost unnaturally white and bright.

How long should I expect my dental veneers to last?

Depending upon your level of  maintenance and certain lifestyle choices, composite veneers typically last around six years. However, porcelain dental veneers normally last anywhere between 10 and 15 years.

Schedule Your Appointment

If you would like to request additional information about this popular cosmetic dental treatment, contact us today. We offer cosmetic dental treatment consultations. In addition, we offer dental implants, bridges, dentures, teeth whitening, and more. Our team has several years of experience. Call (781) 894-0347 or book online. New patients are welcome! We’ll see you soon.

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