Veneers are thin shells bonded to the front of teeth, improving appearance. They are often used to mask discolorations, brighten teeth, and improve smiles. Veneers can be an excellent alternative to a crown as the application technique has proven to last for many years. There are different types of veneers to choose from.
Composite veneers are one of the most common treatment options. It will often be used to fix small cosmetic issues like a chipped or cracked tooth, though can also be used to fix slightly crooked teeth or fill small gaps. Composite veneers are a more affordable option compared to porcelain veneers, and also requires a far shorter treatment period. While it can be finished within a single visit, the con to composite veneers is that the finish may not be as nice. They are also not as resistant to staining and discoloration, though with a good daily dental hygiene habits they should last for a long period of time.
Porcelain veneers are the most expensive option, but the results are often well worth the investment. Unlike composite veneers, porcelain veneers may require multiple appointments. They are custom made for each individual tooth color and shape. Porcelain veneers are also more resistant to discoloration and chips. While the quality is the best and spouts the best results, the expense is much higher and will take longer initial preparation time, which may or may not require drilling or reshaping of original teeth.
Instant veneers are a somewhat hybrid between composite and porcelain veneers. Doctors will apply a pre-made veneer to the teeth, instead of a custom one. This is one of the cheaper treatments since lab fees are removed. However, by not receiving custom made veneers, the results may not be as natural as the former two types of veneers.
Removable veneers are also known as snap on veneers. These “snap on smiles” are made of a dental resin formed into a thin but strong cover that can be worn over existing teeth to give the look of a perfect smile. They can be worn while eating and drinking, then removed when finished. While this option is inexpensive and has fairly good results, it is nothing but a short-term solution.
If you have a cracked or chipped tooth, or discoloration on your teeth that you would like to improve the appearance of, Contact North Peak Dental at (970) 658-1142 to make an appointment today. Located in Fort Collins, Colorado North Peak Dental will help determine the best dental care plan to give you the whitest smile possible.