Types of Traditional Veneers
Porcelain veneers, regardless of their type or material used, are not created by the dentist itself but by a highly trained dental technician in an off-site laboratory. That is why once an impression of your teeth is made by the dentist, it gets sent to the technician’s laboratory. Once the impression arrives, the technician will start fabricating the veneers so they will fit and look like your natural teeth. The veneers are then sent to the dentist for placement. In order to make room for placing the new veneers, the dentist will remove a small portion of enamel from each tooth. Below are a few types of porcelain veneers:
Pressed Ceramic Veneers
Pressed ceramic veneers are some of the more affordable veneers available to patients since they are easier to produce. These veneers are also somewhat thicker than other types of veneers or materials, which means that more of the tooth’s enamel needs to be removed before placement. That being said, their durability and strength makes them a great choice for many patients.
Stacked Ceramic Veneers
Stacked ceramic veneers are made from many different layers of porcelain stacked on top of each other by a technician until the restoration closely resembles the translucency, colour and shape of the patient’s teeth. These veneers are more aesthetically pleasing than pressed ceramic veneers but they are not as durable in the long term.
Lithium Disilicate Veneers
Lithium Disilicate veneers are recommended for patients suffering from bruxism or teeth grinding. They are very strong and able to sustain a high amount of pressure for many years. Lithium Disilicate veneers are created with a complex process, often involving different types of technology such as computer aided manufacturing and computer aided design. Recently, lithium disilicate veneers became one of the most popular choices for patients and doctors alike due to their durability and aesthetics.
Zirconia Based Veneers
Zirconia Based Veneers are similar to lithium disilicate veneers, making them very strong and capable of withstanding sustained pressure. These types of veneers are also used to strengthen teeth weakened by cavities. Zirconia is also the same material used to create dental crowns, making the possibility of fractures minimal. Zirconia is a bit different than other materials in the sense that it’s opaque, meaning that it can be used to hide any cavities or stains already existing in the patient’s teeth.
Minimal preparation veneers
Minimal preparation veneers or no preparation veneers use materials which are similar to the types above, the only difference being the amount of enamel being removed from the tooth in the preparation phase of the procedure. A big difference between minimal preparation veneers and traditional veneers is the fact that no-prep veneers are reversible, whereas the placement of traditional veneers is not. That being said, no preparation veneers does not offer the same strength and coverage as other types of veneers.
This content is written and reviewed by our medical content team in January, 2019.