Teaching Your Children About the Dentist
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Teaching Your Children About the Dentist

I work as a clerical assistant in a pediatric dental office, and I am commonly surprised by the number of children who are scared of the dentist. Many kids think that cleanings will be painful, and they believe they will be scolded for eating sugary foods. Children are also extremely frightful of the noises made by the water spraying tools and the suction devices. As adults, we know that dental cleanings are easy and free of pain. We need to impart this knowledge to our children so they know not to fear the dentist. I have provided blogs that will help you speak with your child about dental care. Good communication, trips to your own dentist, and online videos can assist you. So will good brushing techniques that will make your child proud to see the dentist. Enjoy my articles so you can help your child build oral care confidence.


Teaching Your Children About the Dentist

5 Reasons To Choose Porcelain Veneers Over Composite Veneers

Alfred Kelley

Two of the most effective cosmetic treatments in cosmetic dentistry are composite veneers and porcelain veneers. Both of these treatments can cover up imperfections, and both can provide some stability to teeth weakened by wear and tear. But when it comes to durability, attractiveness, and longevity, there is only one winner — porcelain veneers.

Here are five good reasons to choose porcelain veneers over composite veneers.

1. Composite Veneers Are Weaker

Porcelain is stronger than composite. And although composite resin is good for filling back teeth, the function composite serves as a veneer puts it under more pressure. Veneers generally slot over the front surfaces of teeth in the smile one. You use these teeth for biting into and breaking off pieces of food.

Porcelain can withstand hard foods like nuts. But composite will eventually break under the strain if you regularly eat hard foods.

2. Composite Veneers Stain More Easily

Porcelain doesn't stain in the same way that composite does. This is evident in the way that you sometimes see staining occur along the margins of porcelain crowns, where the crowns are bonded to the teeth with composite resin. The porcelain crown itself won't stain, but the composite resin holding it in place will. The same is true of porcelain and composite veneers.

3. Composite Veneers Are Harder to Perfect

To create porcelain veneers, a cosmetic dentist takes an impression of your teeth and then sends this impression to a ceramist. The ceramist then uses the dentist's specifications to create a set of porcelain veneers that match your teeth in shape, shade, and size. Composite veneers are harder to create because they require cosmetic dentists to fashion them into shape immediately. This leaves more room for error. If you want a more exact result, porcelain veneers are better.  

4. Porcelain Veneers Look More Like Real Teeth

Porcelain can achieve a similar translucency and shine to natural teeth because enamel and porcelain are both similar in structure. But it isn't possible to achieve the same level of translucency and shine with composite resin. As such, porcelain veneers tend to look more like real teeth than composite veneers.

5. Porcelain Veneers Last Much Longer

Porcelain veneers can last ten or more years because they are durable and stain-resistant. Composite veneers, on the other hand, chip and stain more easily than porcelain veneers do. This means that your composite veneers could last anywhere from four to eight years. But if you are a heavy smoker and enjoy hard foods regularly, composite veneers could fail even sooner than that.

Porcelain veneers are superior to composite veneers in many ways. If your budget allows for it, then choose porcelain veneers, as they will last longer and look better. For more information about dental veneers, contact a local dental office.