No one is born with a perfect smile. It can cost upwards of thousands of dollars in dental work and procedures to fix your imperfect smile. Stains, gaps, crooked teeth, and cracked teeth can happen to anyone. These damages and disfigurements can take massive amounts of time and money to fix. Fortunately, you have the option of attaching veneers to your teeth for a quick and affordable fix for many common dental issues.
There are two different types of veneers. There’s a standard type of veneer that was used for many years. These older veneers were relatively permanent. The dentist was required to make irreparable alterations to your real teeth in order to fit the veneer implants onto your teeth. Luckily, modern advancements in dental technology have created a temporary and less intrusive type of veneer. These veneers are either made of porcelain or a composite resin.
Porcelain or Resin Veneers?
When it comes to choosing the best veneers for your dental needs, you have two options that are equally appealing. Each option boasts its own set of benefits and drawbacks, however. Porcelain veneers look more like real teeth than composite resin. Porcelain veneers are more durable and more resistant to staining. Unfortunately, porcelain veneers can cost a lot of money. Composite resin veneers are a more affordable alternative. Composite resin veneers are also crafted more quickly, usually on the same day, since they don’t need to be created in a lab. The downside is that composite resin veneers are not as durable as porcelain.
How To Care For Porcelain Veneers
While porcelain veneers are more resistant to stains than your real teeth, they can still stain. To keep your veneers looking pristine, use whitening toothpaste and try to reduce your intake of foods and drinks that stain teeth. Perform routine flossing, but be careful not to chip or break the veneer.
How To Care For Composite Resin Veneers
When brushing your composite resin veneers, use an ultra-soft toothbrush to prevent damages. Do not use a mouthwash that contains alcohol when performing oral hygiene practices with your composite veneers. Alcohol will weaken the bonding that holds your veneers to your teeth.
Your veneers aren’t invincible. You will need to refrain from using your teeth to open things and to chew your fingernails. Doing so can result in the rapid degradation and unexpected breaking of your veneers. For any further information, call Southland Dental Care for a complimentary dental consultation.