Last medically reviewed by Dr Sam Jethwa: October 15, 2020
After years of being unhappy with your smile, you may be looking into solutions to improve its appearance and functionality.
In these instances, dental veneers might be a good choice for you.
Made from wafer-thin shells that sit on your existing teeth, veneers are a quick and painless way to improve the overall look of your teeth.
Other options like tooth bonding and crowns are viable alternatives, however, the transformations are not as impressive when compared to composite veneers.
Making an educated decision that is best for you
If you have been happy with the oral condition and appearance of your mouth and are considering veneers to correct and fix any oral problems you might have, there are a few steps to be followed.
First, you need to make sure your dentist has approved that you are a suitable candidate, a decision that usually entails:
- A general oral health check-up
- An overview of your history and predisposition to gum disease
- A discussion around costs and your budget, what veneer type is suitable
- The confirmation that you are is willing to practice good hygiene post-treatment and attend check-ups!
Next, you need to make the decision regarding which veneer type is best for you. See more.
There are multiple variations available including:
Porcelain and composite are the most common types of veneers and treat a wide array of problems including:
- Ageing & Discolouration
- Crooked and Misaligned Teeth
- Fix Gaps in Teeth (diastema)
- Uneven, Short, Worn or Broken Teeth
Porcelain veneers are (as suggested by the name) made from porcelain and composite veneers are manufactured using a tooth-coloured resin.
This is the same material that is used when carrying out a tooth-bonding procedure.
Composite veneers are made of a composite resin material.
Direct composite veneers are applied straight onto your teeth and indirect composite veneers are custom made ‘indirectly’ usually in a dentist’s office or a lab.
Benefits of composite veneers: Minimal prep needed
- They are usually at a lower price point (see fees).
- The application process is quicker than direct veneers
- They can target a range of issues, including misshapen teeth, chips, discoloured teeth
The only drawback of composite veneers is that the resin material is less durable than porcelain, but at a lower price point, you can expect the quality to differ slightly on the materials being used.
With the right care and attention, veneers can last a lifetime, for example, porcelain veneers can last over 20 years.
However, in the case of composite veneers, it is important to note that the lifespan is highly dependent on the aftercare you give them.
You should treat them as you would your natural teeth, cleaning twice a day, flossing several times a week and organising regular check-ups.
Do composite veneers damage your teeth?
The main risk with veneers is during the treatment phase, so if your treatment is carried out by a trustworthy and experienced professional like Dr Sam Jethwa, then there is nothing to worry about.
Additionally, composite veneers protect your teeth from staining as they are covering the natural tooth.
And unlike other ultra-thin porcelain systems, composite veneers require some preparation to look as good.
Pain-free, comfortable procedure
The first step of the treatment entails the cleaning progress.
This is essential prior to the application of the veneers and ensures there is a clean surface to apply the dental cement and attach the veneer.
Next, we will remove a small layer of glossy enamel from your tooth/teeth, creating a rough surface and making sure that the veneer is more likely to stick.
At this stage, your teeth may need to be slightly reshaped if they are too large.
The next step will vary depending on whether you require indirect or direct veneers.
For direct veneers, we will scratch the enamel slightly and this increases the adhesiveness of the teeth.
The adhesive dental glue will be applied and then the thin veneer is played onto the surface of the tooth or teeth.
Finally, a special light is used to harden the composite resin and finalise the application.
If you are having indirect veneers, they will be made outside of your mouth and applied onto your teeth using a similar adhesive bonding agent to help the veneers stay in position.
Again a light will be used to harden the glue.
Are you considering composite veneers?
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