Over the years, you’ve grown tired of the imperfections in your smile. If you just had a few adjustments made, you could have the smile you used to have. That snowboarding accident that chipped your teeth didn’t do it any favors and your teeth aren’t responding to the over-the-counter whitening treatments you purchased. Luckily, porcelain veneers in Boulder can provide the smile you’ve been looking for.
When comparing veneers, you might notice composite veneers to be slightly cheaper than their porcelain counterpart. Before choosing them, you’ll want to compare them to porcelain veneers first. They have many benefits that composite veneers just can’t match.
You’ll Save More Tooth Enamel
Before placing your veneer, your dentist needs to buff a small amount of tooth enamel down so it has room for bonding. Because porcelain veneers are so thin, between 0.5 and 0.7 millimeters, you’ll save more tooth enamel than you would if you chose composite. This is ideal for those who’ve lost tooth enamel into their older age.
Furthermore, if you’re willing to forgo a less lifelike and durable model to retain more tooth enamel, you can use Lumineers. These are even thinner than traditional porcelain veneers and require significantly less altering to place.
Porcelain Looks More Natural
Because of the translucent properties of porcelain, your cosmetic dentist in Boulder can make your smile more life-like than with composite veneers. Since they reflect light very similarly to natural tooth enamel, your smile looks even more natural in photos and to your peers. Composite resin can’t match this effect, so you’ll want to take that into consideration.
It’s More Durable and Longer-Lasting
Even though porcelain veneers in Boulder are brittle in nature, it doesn’t prevent them from being very durable compared to composite. Once they’ve bonded to your tooth, they can last between 10 and 15 years if cared for properly. This means brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist for professional cleanings every six months.
There’s No Worry for Staining
If you’re worried about the foods you eat staining your veneers, you won’t have to if you choose porcelain. Unlike composite resin, porcelain is a smooth and unaffected by dark and richly colored liquids and spices. By being stain-resistant, you don’t have to change your diet to accommodate your veneers. Just be sure to brush regularly to keep your smile nice and white.
Your new smile is only a couple dental visits away, so why not schedule an appointment wit your dentist in Boulder today? They can discuss the best options for your smile and even help you plan your smile makeover!
About the Author
Dr. Terry Batliner earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Dental School at the University Iowa. He’s also served on the faculty of the Colorado School of Public Health, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, where he held the title as clinical Dean. To learn more about cosmetic treatments offered at his practice, contact him at (303) 442-4555 or visit his website.