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Composite Porcelain Tooth Veneers -aka Dental Tooth Veneers, veneers

What is it?

Composite and porcelain tooth veneers are dental veneers or custom-designed thin, artificial shells or transparent sheets of porcelain or composite resin. These films or shells are created by dentists to fit over the surface of your teeth and bonded to help create a beautiful, shiny and uniform smile. Used in restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, customized porcelain veneers or composite tooth veneers are crafted of composite resin or porcelain to restore the surface look of teeth that are damaged, destroyed or ruined by plaque, disease or trauma.

Most of the time composite tooth veneers and porcelain tooth veneers are not covered by insurance. Fortunately if you plan to get veneers to help improve the look and feel of your teeth you can usually buy a packaged deal and make payments depending on the dentist you see. Some organizations are making dentistry available overseas at affordable pricing in other countries. If you plan a holiday you may find it pays to stop in at a local dentist while you are there. Just remember to weight the benefits and costs of doing so before planning any adventures.

Some dental work, including composite dental veneers, may require more routine follow up than say, a more permanent solution. Porcelain veneers are much less likely to require routine follow up care, although you may still need to replace them every several years to decade or more.

Composite veneers are created from composite material which is far less costly than porcelain dental veneers. There are however many advantages to using porcelain including its durability, natural appearance and resistance to damage and stains. While more expensive porcelain veneers also tend to last much longer than composite veneers. Your dentist can help you decide whether composite tooth veneers, porcelain dental veneers or a combination of composite porcelain tooth veneers will best meet your needs.

The Operation

Composite dental veneers can be attached easily to the enamel surface of teeth, as can porcelain dental veneers. The outer part of the dental veneer is stain-resistant and also resistant to chemicals and erosion, it is much more resistant to chemicals and acids than the normal teeth enamel. Porcelain dental veneers are superior as they will hold up to stains and wear and tear much longer than composite material which will eventually erode and become porous.

A dentist can efficiently bond the outer composite resin to part of the tooth enamel to provide the dental veneer with enough mass to be stain resistant for some time.

The inner part of the dental veneer will often contain a porous substance to provide a luminous or shiny interior glow so that teeth look and feel their best. This two-tone effect will dramatically improve the look and feel of just about any smile.

Alternatives to Surgery

Composite porcelain tooth veneers are a wonderful alternative to surgery which may involve the implantation of completely new false teeth or the implantation of a dental crown. While these procedures may be more permanent in nature, they are costly and do come with some risks.

Composite porcelain tooth veneers are a safe alternative and less costly alternative to dental surgery. They are one of the fastest ways to improve the look and feel of your smile and to skyrocket your self-confidence - without breaking the bank. Porcelain veneers are also a quick tool for minor dental repairs for those that are not interests in a full crown as well. They can help to improve the look and feel of crooked teeth and help match up uneven looking teeth. Gaps and spaces are also often corrected between the teeth with composite porcelain veneers. Old, unsightly fillings are easily corrected with porcelain dental veneers.

Before the Operation

No preparation is generally necessary before receiving composite or porcelain dental veneers. You will consult with a cosmetic dentist who will perform a dental exam and check for cavities and find out if you are a good candidate for veneers. If you do have toot decay you will have your cavities filled prior to receiving any veneers.

After the Operation- In the Hospital

Prepare to have someone drive your home from your procedure as you may be feeling nauseous and still under the influence of some medications from surgery.

After the Operation- At Home

You will likely remain numb or feel some tingling in your face or mouth around the area where the numbing anesthetic was injected. This will where of in the one or two hours following the procedure.

Possible Complications

Some people with composite dental veneers will find their veneers chip and they require maintenance on their veneers. Composite dental veneers will erode or become porous with time and may require replacement every five to ten years. Porcelain veneers generally last longer, up to 10 years or more in some patients.

General Advice

Composite dental veneers are thin, semi-transparent sheets of resin that a cosmetic or restorative dentist will place over the teeth to restore their luster and appearance. Porcelain veneers work in the same way. They are porcelain sheets of material that a restorative dentist bonds over the surface of the teeth. They tend to last much longer than resin, which is again crafted of composite material or resin, this inexpensive material is a dramatic, fast and affordable way to approve the look and feel of your teeth. Porcelain however, while slightly more expensive than composite, still is more affordable than other cosmetic procedures and lasts much longer while still dramatically improving the look and feel of teeth.

Estimated Costs for Composite Tooth Veneers

Country Cost per tooth
USA $750-2200
Brazil $300-350
Costa Rica $300-800
South Africa $480
Thailand $200-300

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