Composite veneers,……. no drilling and no injection for instantly transforming your smile! Simple when it is done by an experienced and skilled cosmetic dentist !
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“One of the advantage of composite veneer is that it does not need to fully cover all of a tooth. In this case, except the two front teeth, only the upper half of the teeth next to the gum are covered with composite veneers to mask the yellow discolouration of the teeth in the least invasive way. Such a technique is not possible with porcelain veneers”.
In dentistry, placement of a thin layer of any material over a tooth is referred to as Dental veneers or laminates. Composite veneers, otherwise known as composite bondings, are a layer of resin base material that is directly applied to the tooth. So they are not made from porcelain.
who can have composite veneers?
Almost any person. They can be used to;
- Improve the looks and appearance of the teeth.
- To protect the surface of the teeth.
- Change the colour of the teeth, usually a whiter shade.
- To make teeth appear more straight and aligned.
- To close gaps between teeth or make them larger in size.
- To repair any chipped or broken section of a tooth.
What are the advantages of composite veneers?
- There is no need for teeth drilling in vast majority of the cases. This makes them one of the most desirable form of dental treatments. Because of no drilling composite veneers are considered to be a reversible treatment.
- Unlike porcelain veneers, composite veneers do not necessarily need to cover all of the tooth surface. This allows them to be an ideal choice for closing or reducing gaps between teeth. A good example of this is the gaps most commonly seen with top front teeth, otherwise known as diastema.
- They are easily repairable to compare with alternative options. With porcelain veneers if they break or chip, a new one has to be made by the lab for replacing it. With composite veneers, they can be easily and directly repaired. Thus a much cheaper and faster solution.
- It is possible to reverse composite veneers much easier than porcelain veneers. This is because for composite veneers, no tooth has been drilled off in the first place.
- Treatments are usually completed in one visit as they are directly placed on the teeth. So instant transformation of your smile!
- They are usually cheaper than porcelain veneers or crowns.
- Almost anyone can have composite veneers and it works for them.
what is the cost of each composite veneer?
At Bayswater Dental Clinic we have been providing composite veneers in London for many years. Our fee is based on our skill, experience, how long it takes to do and how challenging is the case. Currently, composite veneer cost between £195 to £295 each. This puts composite veneers in a lower price range than porcelain veneers.
What are the disadvantages of composite veneers?
To compare with porcelain veneers as an alternative treatment;
- They can stain easier to compare with porcelain veneers. But they can be polished and cleaned regularly. The diets and habits of an individual can contributes a lot to the level of staining.
- The quality and looks of composite bondings very much depends on the skill and experience of the person that makes them. For a good and natural looking composite veneer, it is not just enough to be a good dentist! You also need to have artistic talents. Any dentist can add some material to a tooth but not all dentist can necessary do composite veneers!
- Resin based veneers cannot be whitened. But this is true with any form of Dental restorations including porcelain veneers. One should first whiten their teeth and then have the veneers done. Therefore the colour of the veneers is matched to the whitened teeth.
How long do the composite veneers last? Is the same as porcelain veneers?
It is said, on average, resin based veneers last about 3-5 years to compare with porcelain veneers which are expected to last about 7-10 years. But there can be a large variation associated with both types. We have seen some composite veneers to last for more than 10 years, where in other cases porcelain veneers have not lasted for more than few years. In our experience, with keeping good oral hygiene and maintenance, dental veneers can last much longer.
can composite veneers break easily?
The correct answer is NO. They do not break easily or in the same way as porcelain veneers can break. Resin based veneer can chip for a variety of reasons, most commonly biting and chewing on hard food or grinding and clenching teeth. But even if they do break, they are usually easily repaired in one visit. This is not the same with porcelain veneers.
What is the procedure for doing composite veneers?
After having your consultation to assess your suitability, first trial smile can be done. A trial smile is the process of making the changes to your teeth on a cast model of them first. Based on the shape and design you wish to have for your veneers and teeth, the dental technician, in wax, makes veneers on the cast model of your teeth. it is a mock build up of the veneers to allow you to see what shape teeth you will end up with.
This is done by taking an impression of your teeth and sending it to the lab. Based on your requests and expectations, the modifications are made to your teeth on the cast model by an experienced dental technician.
In the mean time you proceed with the whitening of your teeth, if have decided to whiten your teeth before the bondings are done. when you are happy with the whitening result, the composite material is directly added to your teeth, shaped, contoured and polished.