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Which Kind of Dental Veneers Are Right for You?

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Many people who ask their dentists about veneers are not aware there is more than one type. That leads to exploring which one would work best based on your individual situation. By understanding more about each kind of veneer and what it’s designed to accomplish, it will be easier to come up with a solution that’s right for you. Here are a few things you should know about each one.


Porcelain veneers in North York are the kind that you are most likely to think of when you want to discuss the possibility of getting this type of work done. This solution is often used when you have a cracked tooth or would like to do something about the slight gaps in between each of your teeth. Since veneers are essentially shells that fit over the front of your teeth, they add stability and prevent the crack from getting worse. The slight bulk of the veneer also fills in the gaps without negatively impacting the tooth shape.

This is considered a permanent type of veneer and requires removing a portion of the tooth enamel before the fitting. With the right care, the porcelain veneers will last for up to two decades.


Composite veneers are made using composite material and are bonded directly to the surface of the teeth. The material is polished until it has the same smooth texture as the rest of your teeth. While the look is great, the material is not as sturdy as porcelain. Generally, you can expect to get around five years of use before more dental work is needed. One plus is that repairs to composite veneers is typically easier than repairs to porcelain veneers.


General wear and tear on the teeth may call for palatal veneers. Along with being available in porcelain or composite options, you can also get palatal veneers crafted with gold. They are helpful for situations like damage sustained from teeth grinding.


Lumineers are one of the newer veneer solutions and among the strongest you can get. They are also among the most durable and thinnest on the market today. Unlike porcelain veneers, there is no need to remove enamel by gentle grinding. While they are designed to offer as much as two decades of service, these veneers can be removed with relative ease any time you like. Keep in mind the thin nature of the veneer makes it harder to hide flaws. If the tooth is naturally a little darker than the rest, the Lumineer will do little to hide the shade.


Non-permanent veneers are often used to provide short-term relief and protection for patients until a long-term solution is ready for application. Made from sturdy resin or plastic, these are placed on the teeth while your porcelain veneers are manufactured. When the time comes, they will be easy to remove at the dentist office or even at home using a kit.

You have more than one choice. Go over each one with your North York dentist and identify the solution that’s best for your particular dental need.. Rest assured that the ideal choice will serve you well for a long time.

Andrea Galick

Andrea Galick is an accomplished Dental Hygienist (RDH) with a passion for helping patients achieve optimal oral health. Andrea has built a reputation as a caring and skilled practitioner who puts her patients at ease and provides individualized care that meets their unique needs.


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