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Composite vs. Porcelain Veneers – Which is Right for You?

February 16, 2019
Posted By: Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry
Porcelain Veneers Patient | Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry

If there’s something about the aesthetics of your smile that you don’t love, you don’t have to look far to find a solution in cosmetic dentistry! Not only are there more treatments than ever before, but your dentist often has more than one option to solve a problem.

One example is composite and porcelain veneers in Alpharetta, GA. Both can be used to address problems like:

  • Small chips along the edges of your teeth
  • Minor shape and size discrepancies
  • Gaps and uneven spacing between teeth
  • Stained teeth that don’t respond to whitening

Direct and indirect veneers both deliver beautiful results but each has its pros and cons. Let’s see how they compare!

Direct Veneers Pros and Cons

Direct veneers are layers of composite material that your dentist builds up on the surface of a tooth to alter improve its shape, size, or shade. The procedure’s non-invasive, so direct veneers can be removed if necessary.

Since no lab is involved, composite veneers cost less, and there’s no wait to improve your smile. The process is so straightforward that your dentist can usually treat several teeth in one appointment. If you take proper care of your teeth, bonding should last about five years.

Indirect Veneers Pros and Cons

To place an indirect (lab) veneer, your dentist alters the tooth, takes impressions, and, in about two weeks, your restorations will be ready for your dentist to bond securely in place.

The additional steps involved make indirect veneers more costly than direct veneers. However, they’re more durable and can last as long as ten years.

Also, the porcelain veneer material is a closer match to the actual appearance of a tooth, and many patients prefer them for this reason. One drawback to lab veneers is that since we alter your tooth, wearing veneers is a lifetime commitment.

Which Veneer Option is Right for You?

If you’re thinking about changing your smile and would like to learn more about bonding and porcelain veneers at Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry, please call to arrange a consultation with Dr. Kai to discuss your needs. 

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