Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells that cover your natural teeth to alter the appearance of your smile. They are designed to make it appear like you have straight, white teeth. Both permanent and temporary veneers are available, and permanent veneers aren't reversible. So, you need to learn the benefits of both porcelain and snap-on veneers before deciding which option is right for you.
Porcelain veneers are placed over discolored, decayed, or otherwise unsightly teeth to give you a perfect smile. Because your natural teeth have to be altered so that the veneers fit, porcelain veneers are a permanent solution that cannot be reversed. However, your dentist will place provisional veneers, made from plastic or composite, on your teeth before placing porcelain veneers. The provisional veneers give you time to make sure you like the results before making a permanent decision. Before veneers are put in place, your dentist will ensure any other issues, such as cavities, are handled. Porcelain veneers have several different benefits, including:
- Stain resistant
- Won't change color over time
- Fixes pretty much every imperfection — stains, chips, and gaps
- Durable and scratch resistant
- Natural appearance
Porcelain veneers are considered a permanent solution not because they last forever, but because they have to be replaced with another porcelain veneer if there's a problem. However, porcelain veneers typically last between seven to 20 years — sometimes longer.
Snap-on veneers slip over your teeth and press into place. They are not permanent and can be removed as needed — making them a good option for someone who wants a perfect smile for a special occasion. They are also cheaper than porcelain veneers, so they are a good option for people who are on a tighter budget. While snap-on veneers have several benefits, they aren't ideal for everyone. Porcelain veneers might be a better option if you:
- Have a major misalignment — especially if you have protruding front teeth.
- Have natural teeth that aren't strong enough to support the snap-on veneers.
- Have dental problems that need to be corrected by a dentist.
Even though snap-on veneers are lightweight and removable, you can eat and drink while wearing them. So, you don't have to worry about constantly removing and replacing them throughout the day.
Both porcelain and snap-on veneers have several benefits. If you're unsure which option is right to you, take some time to discuss your options with your cosmetic dentist before making the final decision.