A veneer is a thin layer made to fit over the front of a tooth. They can be used to improve the shape, position, or color of your teeth. In Orem, Utah, you can get veneers of many different types, all of which have different qualities. Porcelain is one of the most popular materials used for veneers. They require minimal preparation and offer a beautiful finish that retains the translucent quality of enamel, and be tailored to match the color of your original teeth. They are also stain-resistant, long-lasting, and they can be individually customized to fit your teeth as snugly as possible. But how do porcelain veneers compare to all the other types of veneers out there?
The most popular type of veneer other than porcelain is the composite veneer. Composite resin is a slightly cheaper material, and they can be applied by your dentist in a single visit, making them a cheaper and more convenient option for some. However, composite veneers tend to discolor and chip a lot more easily, and they have a much shorter lifespan, wearing down after around 5-7 years. In contrast, porcelain veneers can last anywhere between 10-15 years depending on your lifestyle and oral hygiene habits. Finally, it is possible for composite veneers to be repaired if they chip or break, whereas porcelain veneers will need complete replacement if they are damaged. If you’re looking for veneers in Utah city, composite options might be a good option for younger wearers, but porcelain veneers tend to offer greater value in the long term.
Porcelain is a type of ceramic, but there are other alternatives that use different materials that do not contain kaolinite – a clay that defines a ‘porcelain’ ceramic. Many ceramic veneer applications are applied in a single layer, and they are therefore very thin. This enables them to be defined as a zero-preparation veneer, which means they can be applied quickly and without any reshaping to the teeth below. However, this same technology means that many non-porcelain ceramic veneers can lack the lifelike translucency of porcelain veneers.
Zirconia oxide is another type of ceramic that can be used to create veneers in Utah. Due to the material (in its crystallized form, zirconium is often used as a diamond substitute), zirconia veneers can offer stronger protection for your teeth. For this reason, they are often used for patients who have more serious problems with their teeth, for example extensive damage or decay. Zirconia is also particularly good at withstanding any wear and tear from chewing and biting. They can also be used effectively for the back teeth, where more pressure is likely to be applied, preventing any premature damage to the veneers. However, though you can pick a specific shade to match your own teeth, porcelain veneers are still better at mimicking the appearance of your original teeth. This is due to their translucency, as it allows the light to reflect from your teeth in the most natural way.