In this video, Dr. James Slaman explains the difference between ceramic veneers and composite veneers. Both change the shape and color of your teeth. You may be a suitable candidate for veneers if you have cracked, chipped, worn, or discolored teeth.View transcript
A dental veneer is a covering that's placed over the tooth to change the shape or the color of the tooth or to replace missing tooth structure. Veneers are generally made out of two types of dental restorative materials -- ceramic and composite. Ceramic veneers are generally made in an indirect method off of a digital model or a physical model of the patient's prepared tooth structure. Composite veneers are generally sculpted directly onto the patient's tooth and can be completed in one appointment versus a ceramic veneer, which is done in two appointments. Patients with cracked, worn, chipped, or discolored teeth are great candidates for veneers. Dental restorations have a life expectancy much like tires on a car. Fortunately, they last much longer than the tires on your car. They're more in line like a roof on your house. They're a 10, 15, 20-year life expectancy. So in that sense, they're not permanent, but they are a more definitive restoration than say, you know, a temporary fix.