Thinking about veneers? Porcelain or plastic, which is better?

porcelain vs plastic veneers, santa monica, beverly hills, pacific palisades, brentwood, caHow many times have you looked at those dark spots on your teeth and wished you could magically erase them? While you’re getting rid of those spots, you might as well close those gaps in your front teeth that always bothered you or repair that annoying chipped tooth that keeps catching on your lip.

Years of wear and tear often mean your teeth have more than a few bumps and bruises and are crying out for a dental makeover. Are you considering veneers for your new smile? They are a great choice, but now you must decide whether you want porcelain or plastic veneers. If you’re stuck trying to figure out which is better, you’re not alone. Let’s look at the benefits of each to help you with your decision.

Plastic fillings and dental bonding

Whether you use plastic to fill a cavity or dental bonding to shape and repair a tooth, the benefit is a durable resin material that is less expensive than porcelain, and, since the procedure requires very little removal of your existing tooth to achieve a good bond, it is reversible.

Nothing is completely perfect, however, and if there is a downside to using plastic it is that this type of material stains more easily, so it will need to be replaced more frequently than porcelain.

Because it is pliable before bonding, durable and less expensive, it is often the recommended choice to close gaps in teeth or cover up stains and spots on teeth.

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain gets lots of gold stars in areas like durability and stain resistance. It also resembles human tooth enamel more closely than plastic. These qualities make porcelain a good choice for filling larger cavities.

The downside to porcelain is the expense, which is considerably more than plastic. Additionally, because the process calls for a lot of the existing tooth to be filed away to achieve the best bond and to prevent the finished result from looking too bulky, it is not reversible.

Porcelain  is so durable and stain-resistant that it is a natural choice to fix chips in teeth or achieve straight teeth fast.

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If dental veneers cost is a factor, plastic is a great choice for its affordability and versatility, but for bigger repairs your cosmetic dentist may recommend porcelain. If you are wondering which option is best for you, come in for a complimentary consultation.