Are all Porcelain Veneers the Same?

No, not all porcelain veneers are the same.  Before considering what type of veneers there are, consider a master artist and a good artist:  they have the same oil paints, however, the master is able to create a much more beautiful There are different types of porcelain veneers, and each type has its own unique features and benefits. It is also very dependent on the artistic skills of the dentist and his ceramist.  It is the cosmetic dentist’s responsibility to design and create the smile for the individual.  Many times, patients complain that the have seen veneers that do not look natural or  look too opaque or too bulky. This does not have to be the case.  The cases below reflect more natural artistic designs and layering of porcelain.
Upper and lower veneers with natural design and contours
Upper and lower veneers with natural contours, and anatomy on the whiter side

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Natural porcelain veneer design on upper teeth only

Are there different types of porcelain veneers?  

Although there are differences as discussed below, the artistic skills of the dentist and ceramist are more important.

  1. Minimal prep porcelain veneers: These are the most common type of porcelain veneers. They are made from a thin layer of porcelain that is bonded to the front surface of the teeth. They are highly durable and can last for up to 10-15 years with proper care.
  2. No-prep veneers: These veneers are thinner than traditional porcelain veneers and require little to no tooth preparation. They are best suited for patients who have minor cosmetic issues such as small chips or stains. It is also important to note that the teeth need to be in a certain position or these types of veneers can appear bulky
  3. Lumineers: Lumineers are a type of no-prep veneer that are even thinner than traditional veneers.  However, these often do not have the ability to be designed with natural properties from an artistic standpoint.
  4. Emax veneers: Emax veneers are made from a type of ceramic that is highly durable and resistant to chipping and cracking. They are an excellent choice for patients in terms of strength and esthetics.  There are a wide range of shades and translucencies that allow beautiful esthetics.
It is important to consult with a qualified cosmetic dentist to determine which type of porcelain veneer is best suited for your individual needs and goals.  Discuss your concerns and expectations with your cosmetic dentist as well as ask to see close up photos of their work. If you have any questions regarding Houston porcelain veneers or Houston Non-surgical facelifts, please feel free to contact us at Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF, 713-668-2289

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