Veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment offered when a patient is unhappy with their smile appearance, which is negatively impacting their confidence and self-esteem. Your smile is important, it what makes a first impression. Thousands of people hide their mouth or don’t smile showing their teeth, due to their misaligned, chipped or discoloured teeth.

Veneers can be used to correct dental flaws, such as discolouration, misalignment, gaps in the teeth and more. Most people see a smile as an important feature and dental veneers re a successful treatment to restore your teeth and help you improve your smile with confidence. The veneers are made from thin sheaths of porcelain, which is bonded to the natural tooth. It covers the front of the teeth to hide imperfections which are stopping you from showing your teeth when smiling.

What Can Porcelain Veneers Be Used For?

Porcelain veneers are recommended for patients who want to correct the following:

Dental veneers are an excellent choice for patients who want to correct:

  • A chipped tooth
  • Discoloured or stained teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Worn down teeth
  • Crooked and uneven teeth
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Misalignment
  • Gaps between the teeth

Porcelain Veneers vs Composite Veneers

Dental veneers in Essex are available as composite or porcelain. Porcelain veneers are thin sheaths that are bonded to the front of the tooth, where composite veneers are resin that has been engineered and then fitted to the outer surface of the tooth. Both are designed to improve smile and match your natural tooth colour, or a lighter shade if you prefer.

Porcelain veneers do take longer to be applied to your natural teeth. A thin layer of enamel is removed from the tooth and an impression is made. A laboratory then makes the porcelain sheaths. While waiting for your porcelain veneers, you will be given temporary veneers to protect the tooth. Composite veneers can be fitted in one appointment. Resin is added to the tooth, cured and polished.

Porcelain veneers can last up to fifteen years with proper care, where composite veneers can last up to around eight years. Porcelain is fragile, but once it has been bonded to your tooth, it is durable. Composite is more prone to chipping.

In addition to this, porcelain veneers are translucent, making them catch the light the same as a natural tooth. Porcelain is also stain resistant, if you have chosen a full set of veneers, then you will probably never need to whiten your teeth again. Composite veneers stain the same as your natural teeth.

While porcelain veneers in Essex may be more expensive than composite initially, they offer great value in the long run. They are more durable with a longer life span than composite, which means that you may spend more money in the future repairing and replacing your composite veneers, making the porcelain cost effective over time.