What Are the Various Types of Porcelain Veneers? By Dr. Pinnix on October 10, 2012

Patients tend to ask a number of questions about dental work before they begin procedures. One of the most commonly asked about topics are porcelain veneers. Specifically, patients ask which types of veneers would work the best.

The truth is that there are a variety of veneers that Charlotte cosmetic dentists can use to improve the look of teeth.

There are five major types of porcelain veneers:

  1. Composite material veneers
  2. Pressed ceramic veneers
  3. Feldspathic ceramic veneers
  4. Leucite reinforced pressed ceramic veneers, and
  5. Lithium disilicate veneers.

Composite material veneers are veneers which heavily depend upon the skill of your South Charlotte dentist. These veneers are the type that are layered an applied in one appointment. They also tend to be weaker on average and more prone to chipping.

Pressed ceramic veneers require more of a tooth's enamel to be removed because they are thicker. This type of veneer also tends to be stronger than feldspathic veneers because of their increased thickness. This type also tends to be recommended by some Charlotte cosmetic dentists for patients whom grind their teeth.

Feldspathic ceramic veneers are layered veneers. The aesthetic effect that they produce depends upon the way in which the South Charlotte dentist stacks one layer upon another. Typically, this type of veneer is not recommended for patients whom clench or grind their teeth. These veneers can also be layered on top of pressed ceramic veneers.

Leucite reinforced pressed ceramic veneers is stronger than the previous three types of porcelain veneers. The actual effect which this type of veneer produces upon the tooth is dependent upon the lab worker who makes them. It should also be noted that because these veneers are stronger than the previous mentioned types, these can also be made thinner.

Lithium disilicate veneers are the latest and greatest in veneers. These are the strongest type of veneers with a strength almost double of the strongest leucite reinforced pressed ceramic veneer. The downside is that the aesthetics may not be as pleasant as the other listed veneers, but this is an excellent choice for those whom have a severe problem with teeth grinding.

If you have any questions or would like more information about porcelain veneers or any additional information about our cosmetic dentistry services, please feel free to contact ourCharlotte dentist officeat 704-543-1102 or by using our convenient onlineappointment request form.

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