What are the Different Materials for Dental Veneers

Thinking about dental veneers and don’t know the pros and cons of each material? Today I will go through them with you.

Hi, I’m Dr Wendy Wang here from Oralux Dental. I was with our new patient Sandra last week planning her cosmetic smile makeover. She is not happy with the shape of her teeth, so we decided to get her some veneers. I was taking her through all the different types of materials to help her chose the right one. At the end of the session, she said to me, Wow, I didn’t know there are all these different types of materials and how different they are! No wonder they cost varies. So I thought I’ll make this video sharing with you some experience that I had over the years with patients who had different types of dental veneer materials, just in case you are also considering dental veneers.

So dental veneers come in two main types of material. The first type is called porcelain material. The second type is often referred to as a composite bonding or bonding material.

Now, if I was to draw a simple analogy between the porcelain versus composite, it is a little bit like a porcelain plate versus a plastic plate. When you first buy them, they both look very similar. They look new and shiny. But over the years, the porcelain plate will last you a lot longer. They are resistant to stain. They’re quite strong. Whereas plastic plate can deteriorate in structure. It can become yellower and get fine cracks.

Now, if I was to draw a simple analogy between the porcelain versus composite, it is a little bit like a porcelain plate versus a plastic plate. When you first buy them, they both look very similar. They look new and shiny. But over the years, the porcelain plate will last you a lot longer. They are resistant to stain. They’re quite strong. Whereas plastic plate can deteriorate in structure. It can become yellower and get fine cracks. 

So a similar principle applies to dental veneers. When it’s made of porcelain, the density of the material is very high. It has a very nice lustre to it just like your natural tooth, and it’s very resistant to staining because of the density of the material is not porous, and it’s much stronger. The best thing is the strength of it. It’s quite similar to your own tooth if it is treated properly.

Now, the second type of material is the bonding material. We call it composite bonding material. They are usually made of a material that’s commonly referred to as tooth colour filling material. These materials are easy to manipulate, and they can be applied onto the tooth directly at the chairside by the dentist so you possibly can finish all the treatment of the bonding in one session. So that’s the beauty of it, the time-saving aspect. However, these materials don’t tend to last as long as porcelain because they are more porous, hence they pick up stains fairly easily.

Also, they are more prone to chipping and fracture. So in terms of longevity, dental porcelain definitely wins compared to dental bonding hands down, but dental porcelain does cost a bit more.

So I hope now you understand more about the pros and cons of dental porcelain versus composite bonding.

If you are considering dental veneers to upgrade your smile, why not book a complimentary smile assessment with us here at Oralux Dental. We are conveniently located in 2 locations, servicing both the Lower Northshore with our Crows Nest dental clinic and the Hills District with our dental practice at Bella Vista.

Simply direct message us on social media, call us on 02 8065 1702, or go to our website at oraluxdental.com.au, and we will organise an appointment for you.

 

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