Dental veneers are a popular dental treatment that can completely reinvigorate your smile. However, while all dental veneers are made up of material that is applied over your teeth, there are actually several different variants of veneers that all possess slightly different advantages and disadvantages over each other. Understanding what each type of veneer has to offer can help you choose the one that best suits your dental needs.
Composite veneers are the most common type of veneers that people get installed, largely because of their low cost and the fact that they can be installed with just a single visit to the dentist, though of course this will vary depending on your condition of your teeth. However, it should be kept in mind that composite veneers can become stained over time more easily than other materials, which can ruin their aesthetic appeal and require installing a new set of veneers in the future.
Porcelain veneers are an extremely durable variant of dental veneers. Porcelain is also extremely resistant to staining, which means that it will not discolor over time like composite teeth will. However, you should keep in mind that the installation process for porcelain veneers is extremely involved, and can take multiple visits and the reshaping of your real teeth before completion. This added amount of work greatly increases the cost of getting porcelain veneers installed, which is something you should be aware of.
Instant veneers are not custom made to fit your teeth like composite and porcelain veneers are. These are pre-made veneers which are adhered to your teeth, which drives their cost way down when compared to the above two options. While the aesthetic appearance of instant veneers is similar to both porcelain and composite veneers (though it is not as stain resistant as porcelain is), the fact that they are not custom fitted to your mouth means that you could experience discomfort while wearing them.
Removable veneers are made out of either porcelain or composite, but they are able to be snapped on or off of your teeth. This allows for easier cleaning, and means that you don't have to go through the involved process of having a permanent dental treatment installed in your mouth. However, removable veneers require your teeth to be in fairly good condition already, otherwise they will have trouble attaching and staying secure. Further, because they are constantly installed and removed from your mouth, removable veneers are at greater risk of becoming damaged than other types of veneers are.