Dental Veneers in Tijuana Mexico
Dental veneers are one of the most versatile treatments in dentistry. They can be used to address a host of issues and complaints, from cosmetic tooth whitening through to restoring chipped and cracked teeth.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin shells of material that go over a tooth to cosmetically improve it or functionally restore it. The easiest way to think of them is as a kind of fake nail for your teeth.
Veneers can be made out of a variety of materials. These include:
• Dental composite
• Metal amalgams
What’s the Process For Dental Veneers?
There are two ways to apply dental veneers: indirect bonding and direct bonding.
Indirect bonding is when the veneer is made in a lab and fixed to the tooth later. This method is used for porcelain, amalgam and gold, and can be used for dental composite as well. Using indirect bonding, you’ll need to make two trips to the dentist: one to get a mold taken of your teeth for the lab to base the veneer off, and another to get the veneer bonded.
Direct bonding can only be done with dental composite. It involves building the veneer directly onto the tooth by applying layers of composite and hardening them with a special light. This is repeated until the veneer has been built up fully over the tooth.
Direct bonding allows for one or many veneers to be placed into the mouth in a single appointment. There are no moulds, no impressions, and no return appointments for bonding.
What Issues can Dental Veneers Fix?
Dental veneers can address a wide range of dental complaints. These include:
• Teeth whitening
• Straightening the appearance of uneven teeth
• Reshaping teeth
• Filling gaps between teeth
• Restoring worn teeth
• Restoring chipped and cracked teeth
Porcelain and composite resin dental veneers can be matched to the color of your teeth, allowing them to blend in seamlessly into your mouth.
Composite Veneers vs Porcelain Veneers
Composite and porcelain veneers are the two most popular types. They each have their strengths and weaknesses.
• Both types of veneer are tooth-colored.
• Composite veneers are considerably cheaper than porcelain veneers
• Composite veneers can be directly bonded to teeth, allowing faster treatment times.
• Porcelain veneers are stain resistant, composite veneers are not. Composite veneers will stain faster than your natural teeth, and become noticeable more quickly.
• Porcelain veneers are much more durable. Composite veneers can chip, crack, and even break free from the tooth.
• Composite veneers only last 3-5 years, porcelain veneers can last 12-15.
Composite veneers are great for temporary treatments while more durable veneers are done in a lab, or for situations where fast results are needed. They’re also the most economic option.
Porcelain veneers are more stain resistant and durable, so while they will cost more, they will also last longer.
If you have a cosmetic issue you’d like to have looked at, or have chipped or cracked teeth, talk to our team today about veneers.