What are the Different Kinds of Veneers?

added on: July 3, 2021

dentist examining woman's teeth for veneers

If you and the doctor determine that dental veneers are the right choice for your unique situation, there are two primary options:

Direct dental veneers

The fastest method of bridging a slight gap or covering a crack is with direct veneers. Designed from a composite material that is directly applied to the tooth, this kind of dental veneer is a clay-like putty that the doctor sculpts into the ideal size and shape. The cons and pros of direct dental veneers include:

  • Must be replaced every 8 to 10 years
  • May easily stain
  • Less durable than porcelain veneers
  • Appropriate for various cosmetic problems
  • Fast in-office application
  • More affordable

Dr. Phelp’s years of expertise ensure a natural-looking, realistic outcome. For minor fixes, you also may want to consider dental bonding. Material that is used for that procedure is like the composite material that is used for direct dental veneers, yet we usually only cover a part of the tooth with dental bonding, instead of the entire thing. Dental bonding may repair a chip or crack, close a minor gap, or lengthen a tooth that is too short.

Indirect dental veneers

Unlike the sculptable material of direct dental veneers, indirect dental veneers are designed of thin porcelain shells. After taking teeth impressions, Dr. Phelps orders your customized veneers from a laboratory. Once they are ready, you return for a second session to have the veneers permanently adhered to the teeth. The cons and pros of direct porcelain veneers involve:

  • Takes two sessions
  • More expensive
  • Stain and chip resistant
  • Translucent like real teeth
  • Longer lasting and stronger

Direct porcelain veneers are able to solve multiple issues, which includes slightly twisted or turned teeth, misshapen teeth, gaps, or broken or chipped teeth. To apply them, Dr. Phelp etches the surface of the teeth and applies an adhesive which adheres to the porcelain.

If your additional teeth are somewhat discolored, Dr. Phelp suggests a teeth whitening appointment before matching the color of the new veneers to the nearby teeth.

To learn more details about our cosmetic dentistry in Wilmington, North Carolina or to book a consultation, contact our Phelps Family Dentistry office at (910) 762-3481.

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