What are the differences between porcelain and laminate veneers?
Dr. Glenn A. MacFarlane, alongside his dedicated team at The Center for Holistic Dental Medicine, offer solutions for covering imperfections in the smile. This includes two varieties of veneers, including porcelain and laminate. If you live in the Red Bank, New Jersey area and want to learn more about veneers and which one is right for you, read on to find more!
Porcelain Veneers vs. Laminate Veneers
Two different types of dental veneers are available to enhance your teeth’ appearance – porcelain veneers and laminate veneers. Although both types of veneers can be used to improve the esthetics of your smile, some key differences between them should be considered when making a decision.
Porcelain veneers are made from high-quality ceramic material, which is more durable than regular dental composite resin materials used for other restorative procedures such as bonding or fillings. Porcelain veneers are thinner and require minimal tooth enamel removal during placement preparation. They also have better resistance to staining than laminate veneers, so if you are looking for a long-term solution, porcelain is the way to go.
Laminate veneers are not as then and require very minute to no tooth preparation than porcelain veneers. They are also more affordable than their porcelain counterparts, making them a popular option for those on a budget. However, they do not last as long as porcelain veneers, can stain easily, can be bulky and discolor over time.
So which type of veneer should you choose? It all comes down to your individual needs and goals. If you want maximum durability with minimal enamel removal, then porcelain is the way to go. Laminate veneers are better suited for patients who want a more affordable option or do not like to have natural tooth enamel removed to place them. This makes them reversible if you change your mind and want to consider alternative ways to improve your smile and disguise imperfections on the anterior teeth.
How do I learn more about porcelain and laminate veneers?
Dr. Glenn A. MacFarlane and The Center for Holistic Dental Medicine team of Red Bank, NJ, can help you decide which cosmetic treatment is right for you! Call (732) 517-7785 to request an appointment.