Veneers are an easy and quick way to get a beautiful new smile. It can be the ideal treatment for people with teeth that have stains, chips or gaps. 

One of the most frequent questions we get at our practice is what type of material is used for veneers? Ceramic material or composite resin? In this blog, we’ll take a look at the difference between ceramic and composite resin materials and when we use each application. 

Types of veneers

Ceramic 

Ceramic veneers make use of teeth-coloured ceramic materials like zirconia that are durable and resistant to bacterial infection. These veneers are less likely to accumulate plaque and bacteria, and they resist irritating your gums or neighbouring natural teeth. Dentists can also match them to just about any colour. 

Lifespan: ten to fifteen years, depending on how well you look after them

Are ceramic veneers right for me?

Those who have significant tooth enamel loss are excellent candidates for dental veneers since ceramic material is much more durable. The dentist must eliminate a portion of enamel to create space for the porcelain. However, you still need adequate enamel to maintain a strong bond.

Composite

Composite bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure in which a type of composite resin material is moulded on your teeth to give the appearance of a straighter, whiter smile. Dentists use resin to correct chips, gaps teeth and staining in both fillings and teeth. Unlike ceramic placement, which can take more than two visits, composite resin veneers can be complete in one appointment. 

Lifespan: 3-5 years, depending on how well you look after them.

Is Composite Resin Veneers Right For me?

Composite resin bonding isn’t the right treatment for everyone. If your smile is crooked because of an underbite or overbite, then this treatment won’t be able to correct it. Composite material is primarily for those who seek a cosmetic solution for teeth that are otherwise healthy. So, we only use composite material for patients who have minimal enamel loss. 

Looking after your veneers

Whether you have ceramic or composite resin veneers, it’s important to take proper care of them. 

Oral hygiene: We suggest brushing and flossing just as you would your regular teeth. Proper daily brushing and the use of non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste will help maintain your veneers. 

Foods to avoid: Avoid biting directly into hard foods (e.g. raw carrots, ice, raw carrots, nuts and corn). Instead, chop them up into smaller bite-sized pieces. Consider limiting coffee and other stain-inducing foods and beverages. 

Regular check-ups: Also, remember a dental check-up and cleaning at least every 6 months. Check-ups and cleanings will help remove build-up plaque that your toothbrush can not remove alone. If plaque builds up on your teeth, your veneers might need to be removed to access the area.

Bear in mind that you’ll need to replace your veneers at some stage, no matter how well you take care of them. However, proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups will help them last longer. 

Other treatment options

In some cases, veneers are not suitable and you will require more in-depth work, like adjusting your bite with braces. 

The only way to determine if veneers are suitable for you is to visit a Cosmetic Dentist. At his practice, JJ Serfontein does a complete examination of their teeth and oral health. Following thorough consideration for your health, he will discuss all your possible treatment options and work with you to achieve your best smile.

Check out some of the amazing results we’ve achieved with veneers and other cosmetic treatments

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