Different Types of Cosmetic Veneers at Kirby Smiles
Veneers are one of our more popular cosmetic dentistry treatments here at Kirby Smiles in Houston. In our last blog we explained what veneers are, why people get them, and the process our patients go through when getting their own set of veneers. Did you know that we offer multiple types of veneers at our office?
Traditional veneers are the porcelain veneers you typically think of when someone mentions veneers. They are thin sheets of porcelain that are permanently bonded to the front face of your teeth with a dental cement. Porcelain veneers are favored because of their remarkable brightness, but also because they are compatible with the mouth tissues, resist staining, and last a very long time.
Composite veneers are made up of composite resin, which is the same material we use in our tooth-colored fillings. The composite naturally produces a tooth-like color, which takes out the guesswork of trying to match other veneers to your teeth. As veneers, they are often formed directly on the teeth, so matching the natural thickness and contour of the teeth may be a bit challenging, but our cosmetic dentists make sure it's a smooth procedure. Keep in mind, though, that because they match the more common tooth shade, a bright white look may not be achieved. If you are hoping for a bright white smile, then porcelain veneers might be your best option.
EMAX veneers are also referred to as Lithium Silicate veneers. They are often used when restoring broken, chipped, or damaged teeth. This type of veneer is very translucent, which gives it a very natural look as it sits on the teeth. They are very strong and long-lasting, bio-compatible, and easy to apply, polish, and clean. Overall they provide a very low-maintenance solution for better-looking teeth.
Empress veneers are a very high-end option. They are made of leucite glass-ceramic and are used in crowns, as well. Patients favor these veneers because of the way in which they scatter light. These offer the most natural, lifelike appearance for many years to come out of any of the other options we offer for veneers.
Cosmetic Veneers at Kirby Smiles
If you would like a brighter, more confident smile and think veneers are a good option for you, please book an appointment with us so we can complete an evaluation and determine which type of veneers will work best for your needs.