WHAT ARE COMPOSITE VENEERS?
Composite Veneers involve a similar process to Composite Bonding but are used to correct more sizeable imperfections.
The materials used are the same however, Veneers are used in cases where the surface of the tooth is covered completely. Whereas Composite Bonding only covers the tooth in part, typically local to the imperfection.
A less invasive and often reversible alternative to Porcelain Veneers, Composite Veneers come with a host of advantages to consider
Injectable Composite Veneer uses a liquid resin material, and it is applied and shaped directly on top of your natural teeth. Once it’s fixed in place it gives your teeth a more pleasing aesthetic appearance, improving the overall look of your smile.
HOW DO THEY WORK?
The dentist will prep your teeth for the application of the Composite Veneers, which may include etching the enamel in order to support adhesion. After which an adhesive will be applied to the front of your tooth before the Composite Resin is applied to achieve the desired shape, corrections, etc. These veneers are cured with a light to harden them and ensure duration from your veneers.
BENEFITS OF COMPOSITE VENEERS
- Minimally Invasive: Avoids uncomfortable steps such as drilling or anesthesia*
- Quick and Easy: Most treatments can be completed in a single appointment
- No Molds: There is no need for tooth impressions or molds.
*This dependent on the overall health and condition of the teeth and gums
BENEFITS OF PORCELAIN VENEERS
Veneers are a suitable option for addressing the following concerns:
- Shade stability: Retain their beautiful appearance even when exposed to tea, coffee or wine.
- Better masking effect: able to mask discoloured teeth that won’t respond to conventional tooth whitening treatments.
- Lengthening or changing the shape of teeth.
- Closing or reducing gaps between teeth.
- Teeth with minor chips or cracks or sections that have worn away.
- Recontouring irregularly shaped teeth.
- Correcting teeth which are slightly misaligned but don’t need orthodontic treatment.
HOW DIGITAL DENTISTRY INTEGRATE WITH
We design your new smile using the latest digital technology found in our Digital Smile Design system. This leading edge technology enables our patients to test-drive their new smile before we start the treatment.
MAny aspects of DSD include:
- Digital photography
- 3D Scanner
- 3D Digital designs
- 3D printing
- Copy-Paste concepts – What you see is what we reproduce in the final result.
Risks of porcelain veneers
There are risks and complications involved with any dental procedure and Taylor Street Dental always take the time to ensure our patients understand any potential problems with our procedures before any treatment starts.
The risks include:
- Decay, stress from your bite or improper care can contribute to the veneer detaching.
- If your dentine (layer underneath the outside enamel) is exposed during the fitting, you may experience some temporary increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
- If you don’t maintain proper oral hygiene, dental decay can occur around the margins of the veneer.
- Porcelain veneers can be difficult to remove if you change your mind at a later date.
- If local anaesthetic is used during the procedure it could trigger an allergic reaction.
- Temperature changes from hot or cold drinks and food can cause expansion and contraction in your teeth over many years and this can weaken your veneers and cause cracks over a long period of time?
How to maintain porcelain veneers?
To keep your veneers in top condition, you need to take care of your teeth and gums by:
- Carefully brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing using the correct technique.
- Avoiding using your teeth as a tool to open bottles or any material that puts extreme pressure on your veneers.
- Going easy on tough foods such as hard candy to avoid potential damage to your veneers.
- Visiting your dentist once or twice a year for a cleaning appointment to remove any tartar from your teeth.