What Are Veneers and How Can They Change My Smile?

If you have misshapen, discolored, misaligned, or chipped teeth, it’s natural to feel self-conscious about your smile. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry is a great way to transform your smile without pain or discomfort using the latest techniques and treatments. In Keys Dental Specialists, Dr. Levine offers minimally invasive porcelain and composite veneers as a cosmetic restoration method at our practice.

Porcelain or composite veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the visible surface of each tooth. They look just like natural teeth and can be customized to match your natural smile while still improving its appearance. They look and feel just like your natural teeth but can correct concerns like cracks, discoloration, and misalignment. The best part is that veneers can last for ten to twenty years or more with the right care and guidance from your dentist.

Types of Veneers

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are made from a composite resin material that is applied to the teeth in small increments and often with little to no drilling.  Composite veneers are a minimally invasive way to achieve your aesthetic goals and often are a bit less costly than lab fabricated ceramic veneers. Composite veneers can be completed in one appointment.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a very durable alternative to composite veneers and provide the highest level of aesthetics. They can be made of varying ceramics such as feldspathic porcelain (mostly aesthetic), Emax (lithium disilicate), and Zirconia (known for its extraordinary strength). They provide the highest level of luster and ability to blend seamlessly with remaining teeth. They do not stain and are as close in strength to natural teeth. Porcelain veneers require multiple appointments and are custom fabricated by our world-renowned ceramists.

 

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