Veneers can either be made of the ceramic material porcelain (porcelain veneers) or a plastic mixture ( composite veneers ).
Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic layer that is glued to the tooth face (picture), while composite veneers made of plastic that is placed on the tooth in several layers.
Porcelain veneers are the most durable, they last about 7-15 years. They resist stains much better than composite veneers and gives the most natural look. They are manufactured to order in a special laboratory.
A Composite veneers (plastic facade) is done by the dentist sculpts the material in thin layers on the tooth which is an advantage because they often can be done in a regular dental visits.
Compared with ceramic veneers price is considerably lower, but the shorter the shelf life (2-5 years) can over time result in higher end cost.
For minor damage to a tooth (chips, etc.) are usually normal composite repair is the best option as it affects the natural tooth structure to a minimal extent.
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