There are two types of veneers available.
Composite Veneers are also called “chairside” composite veneers because they are placed and moulded “chairside” by the dentist with a tooth colored resin material. They are very life like and beautiful. These are a very good choice for individuals who do not want to do much alteration of their teeth and would be willing to do add on’s and replacement over the years (as they are not as durable as porcelain).
But, we are proud to say that we have a patient who has a composite veneer that has been in service for over thirty years. He is sixty-four and it will probably last the rest of his life. Dr. Hurst Sr. did one in 1973 that the patient still has. So they can last many years, although that is not the norm.
On the other hand there are porcelain veneers made by a lab. They are thin porcelain shells made to cover the sides and front of the teeth to also hide stains, chips, decay, or irregularities. Veneers require removal of enamel. An impression is taken and the dental technician uses a model to make the custom veneer out of porcelain. Porcelain veneers are a great choice for someone desiring a longer lasting and durable restoration where there is still considerable viable tooth structure available to support the veneer. Teeth with heavy wear, multiple past fillings, or deep decay, will be better served with a full coverage crown for a long term result.
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