When it comes to dental veneers, there are two primary material choices that you will have to choose between if you decide to go through with the procedure: porcelain and laminate composite. Laminate composite veneers offer an affordable and convenient solution that many patients choose to correct cosmetic dental issues.
Laminate composite veneers are created when a resin is shaped right onto the teeth so that chips or gaps between the teeth immediately disappear. Laminate composite resin is also used to correct the appearance of teeth that look crooked or misaligned.
The following are the three major advantages that laminate composite offers over porcelain as a veneer material:
The lower cost in comparison to porcelain
Usually, the major advantage of laminate composite veneers in comparison to porcelain veneers is their lower cost. Porcelain is commonly used in dental procedures due to how well it mimics the appearance of real teeth. However, it's a more expensive material than the resin that is used in laminate composite veneers.
To get an idea of the cost difference, consider that laminate composite veneers generally cost between $250 and $1,500 per tooth. On the other hand, porcelain veneers can cost as much as $2,500 per tooth. This means that patients that opt for porcelain are inevitably going to pay more for the procedure of having veneers put on than those who opt for laminate composite.
The ease of the procedure
Unlike laminate composite veneers, porcelain veneers must be produced in a laboratory according to measurements taken by dentists of the patient's teeth and mouth. This means that multiple visits are necessary if porcelain veneers are used, one visit during which measurements are taken and another visit during which the veneers are installed.
On the other hand, patients only need to visit a cosmetic dentist once if laminate composite veneers are used. Laminate composite veneers are considered "direct" veneers. This means that they are created in the patient's mouth as they are applied to the teeth.
The ability to repair laminate composite veneers
Over time, damage to dental veneers is inevitable in the course of normal use of the teeth in eating and drinking. If laminate composite veneers become cracked or damaged over time, they can be repaired through the application of additional resin.
On the other hand, porcelain veneers cannot be repaired once they are placed on the teeth. If porcelain veneers become damaged, they must be reproduced and reapplied to the teeth. This means that laminate composite veneers often can be left on the teeth longer than porcelain veneers. For more information about veneers, visit a dentist in your area like Aaron G Birch, DDS PC.