A cosmetic dentist can use porcelain veneers or composite veneers to correct discoloration on front teeth. But which should you ask for? And what results can you expect?
- Material – Porcelain is more durable than tooth enamel, and it’s stain resistant. It can be manipulated to mimic natural teeth.
- Preparation – Skilled cosmetic dentists conservatively prepare each tooth to preserve as much tooth enamel as possible while ensuring the veneers look natural on the front and sides of your teeth and at the gumline.
- Appearance – Advanced cosmetic dentists work with master ceramists to craft veneers that perfectly match the color and characteristics of the surrounding teeth.
- Longevity – If you take excellent care of them, your porcelain veneers might last up to 20 years.
- Material – Glass or quartz, along with plastic resin, make dental composite. Composite is available in a variety of shades and translucencies, and cosmetic dentists blend them to provide natural-looking results.
- Preparation – It’s more conservative than the preparation for porcelain veneers. Your cosmetic dentist will etch your discolored teeth to prepare them for composite and to ensure the bonding won’t make your teeth look too thick.
- Appearance – A dentist who is a true artist can blend composite to match the color and translucency of your natural teeth. It will be polished to match the gloss of your teeth, too.
- Longevity – In three to five years, the surface of bonding wears. Your dentist will need to resurface it.
Which Should You Choose?
Whenever possible, an artistic cosmetic dentist will preserve as much of your healthy tooth structure as possible. Most often, he or she will select composite veneers for a conservative, highly aesthetic result.
When multiple teeth are discolored
If multiple teeth are discolored—or if your entire smile zone needs cosmetic work—porcelain veneers might be recommended. The condition and position of your teeth can also influence which cosmetic treatment your dentist will recommend.
Some dentists might suggest cosmetic work on the teeth adjacent to the discolored ones. But that often indicates they lack the artistry needed to match the color. It’s best to get a second opinion.
Schedule a consultation with an accredited cosmetic dentist
Look for an accredited cosmetic dentist in your area and schedule a consultation. The dentist will listen to your smile goals, examine your teeth, and explain your options. You’ll be able to make an informed decision about whether porcelain or composite veneers are right for you.
This post is sponsored by Steven Brooksher, DDS, an accredited cosmetic dentist in Baton Rouge, LA.