How Many Kinds of Veneers Are There?

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Dental veneers are such small items that you may not think there’s much to them or much difference between different veneers. You’d be wrong on both fronts. Your dentist in Red Deer will describe several different types of dental veneers they can provide and that you can choose from to best meet your needs, accomplish your goals and suit your budget. Here’s a brief thumbnail introduction to six different kinds of available dental veneers in Red Deer.

Empress dental veneers are made from two layers: a base layer of pressed ceramic; and an outer layer of glass. Empress dental veneers require minimal tooth preparation and provide a translucent appearance similar to that of natural teeth enamel. Empress dental veneers can easily be matched to the shades of your natural teeth on either side of the teeth receiving the veneer.

Zirconium dental veneers are, as long as properly placed on a well-prepared tooth, highly durable and fracture-resistant. To fit a zirconium veneer properly does require the removal of more enamel from the underlying tooth than other options.

Feldspathic veneers offer the advantage of requiring very little preparation of your underlying tooth, meaning that less enamel needs to be removed from the underlying tooth before the veneer can be placed. That requirement for minimal preparation and the multiple layers of translucent porcelain used to create the veneers has made feldspathic veneers a much sought-after option for cosmetic veneers. Feldspathic veneers are more difficult to place than other options and this type of veneer is more expensive than others on this list.

E.max dental veneers are an expensive option for obtaining dental veneers, but this may be a case of getting what you pay for. The translucency of E.max veneers produces an effect and appearance very close to that of natural healthy teeth. The increased cost of E.max veneers compared to some of the other options on this list is a consequence of the specialized lab equipment and training required to produce this type of veneer.

Procera dental veneers are made out of a milled aluminum oxide product. The advantages of Procera veneers are that they match the colour and translucency of your natural teeth perfectly to the point that they’ll be indistinguishable from your natural teeth. The disadvantage of Procera veneers is that they are thicker than other options on this list, meaning that more enamel needs to be removed from your teeth before they can be put in place.

CEREC veneers are popular and convenient because they can be prepared in your dentist’s office very quickly — even while you wait. The convenience of CEREC veneers comes with a downside, though. CEREC veneers are the least aesthetically pleasing option on this list because the ceramic material used to make CEREC veneers is available in just a single shade. CEREC veneers won’t mimic the colour and appearance of your other teeth as accurately or naturally as your other teeth and the ceramic material is subject to superficial staining.

Which type of veneer is right for you? Your dentist will recommend the best veneer option depending on factors such as: the location of the teeth being covered; the number of veneers you’ll receive; your budget and any time limitations; the health of your underlying tooth; any tooth sensitivity concerns; and your lifestyle and ability to maintain the appearance and cleanliness of your own teeth and your veneers.

If you’re curious about the appropriateness of using veneers to perfect the size, shape and appearance of your teeth, make an appointment to find out if veneers are right for you and which option for veneers will best help you to achieve your goals.

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