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Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment Options: Composite and Porcelain Veneers

In recent times, an ever increasing number of men and women have been turning to cosmetic dentistry to better their smiles. There are many options available to men and women when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. A frequently used treatment option that is used when it comes to cosmetic dentistry is composite and porcelain veneers. This article provides you some basic information about when composite and porcelain veneers are best used, the procedures that are involved in placing composite and porcelain veneers and the costs associated with composite and porcelain veneers.

Of course, if you want specific information about composite and porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, you will want to consult with your dentist.

Composite and Porcelain Veneers: When They are Best Used

Both composite and porcelain veneers are durable products. While there are differing opinions as to when composite or porcelain veneers are best utilized, many people that specialize in cosmetic dentistry tend to suggest that composite veneers should be considered if there is extensive damage to a tooth that needs to be masked. Some of these dental experts believe that composite veneers are better able to deal with more significant areas of a tooth that is damaged than are porcelain veneers -- in a more cost effective manner.

Perhaps the underlying consideration when it comes to utilizing composite veneers over a greater area of damaged tooth area or on multiple teeth rests in the fact that these veneers are cheaper overall that porcelain veneers. Dentists usually are working with patients who are living on tight budgets, who do not have a great deal of excess money to spend on dental related matters.

Procedures to Place Composite and Porcelain Veneers

The costs associated with the placement of either composite or porcelain veneers is similar. The first step in the process is an evaluation by a dentist experienced in cosmetic dentistry. During this phase, the dentist will make a recommendation about whether you would be best served by having composite or porcelain veneers placed on your teeth.

The next step will be the manual treatment of the teeth by filing and perhaps some drilling. Any areas on the teeth that are chipped or roughed up in any manner will need to be smoothed over to make way for the composite or porcelain veneers.

The final, and perhaps “easiest,” step in the process of placing composite and porcelain veneers is the actual placement of the veneers. This step in the process actually takes very little time and is not a difficult process for the patient.

Costs for Composite and Porcelain Veneers

When it comes to the costs associated with composite and porcelain veneers, as has been mentioned, porcelain veneers are more costly. Both veneers tend to be durable, although some cosmetic dentistry experts maintain that composite veneers are more durable and thus more cost effective.

When all is said and done, when it comes to the costs associated with composite and porcelain veneers, the charge a patient will have to pay depends on how significant of any area will receive veneer applications.

With this said and understood, the application of composite and porcelain veneers is cheaper than other procedures such as the placement of caps or crowns on the teeth. On the other hand, composite and porcelain veneers are more expensive than bleaching and whitening processes that might resolve the problems for which composite and porcelain veneers are being considered.

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