A veneer can make a chipped tooth look intact again. The porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth with a thicker section replacing the broken part.
Bonding: sometimes instead of a porcelain veneer, a natural colour ‘composite’ material is used instead of porcelain.
A natural-coloured filling material can be used for minor repairs to front teeth like chipped or broken tooth corners.
Immediate dental veneers
This treatment is a great way to overcome slight imperfections in a quick and totally comfortable way. It is performed with a ‘composite’ material that mimics natural tooth structure, this is bonded to your tooth to correct:
Minor tooth rotation
Minor tooth shape alterations
In some cases this technique is more prone to staining and may not last as long as porcelain veneers so selecting the right case is vital.
Composite veneers are much cheaper than porcelain veneers in general, but considering that they do not last as long and need replacing more often, they could end up costing more in the long run.
Composite work is ideal for small chips, as this treatment preserves more of your natural tooth structure.
Very often this type of veneer can be made ‘additive’, this means that it is simply added to the surface of your tooth with no requirement to reduce any of the tooth at all. This type of zero preparation can be very beneficial as it maintains your natural tooth structure and can often be done with no need for any needles or anaesthetic.
Composite bonded veneers such as this can last approximately 5 to 7 years whereas conventional porcelain dental veneers last from 10 to 15 years.