Composite (white filling) Veneers
An extremely versatile and quick technique, composite veneers are a same day treatment that can work cosmetic wonders to bring that confidence back to your smile. The perfect solution for emergency chips and breaks but moreover for life’s big occasions, such as weddings, where you require a rapid smile makeover. Our expert team of dentists have years of experience working with composite to expertly sculpt the smile of your dreams.
What are composite veneers?
Composite veneers also known as bonding or same day veneers comprises of placing a white filling material over the natural tooth surface. This material is matched with your natural tooth shade and is then applied in layers and sculpted to achieve the desired aesthetic. It is used by dentists worldwide, most commonly to fix chipped teeth.
Why choose composite veneers? What are the advantages?
Instant composite veneers are a very popular treatment partly due to the quick results as it can be carried out in one session. There is also minimal pain or discomfort and they can also rectify many common cosmetic concerns.
What can composite veneers fix?
Alongside being commonly used for chipped or broken teeth, composite veneers can correct a wide variety of cosmetic concerns that are causing you to be self conscious about your smile. This includes uneven smile lines, crooked or crowded teeth, gaps, small teeth or utilising the composite to protect and whiten the surface colour.
If you currently have missing, broken or worn down teeth, then a full mouth reconstruction may be required. Sometimes we grind or wear down all our teeth, so in these cases we need to rebuild all the teeth to their original lengths. Using composite bonding techniques, we can restore your smile.
Composite veneers are also a great treatment solution for White spots. White spots are caused by the loss of mineral content from the enamel of the teeth. As well as being a cosmetic concern for many people, this problem can result in the deterioration of teeth. Here are a series of photos showing effective treatment for white spots.
Composite Veneers are also a great solution for small lateral teeth, commonly called Peg laterals. The aim of this treatment is to give this lateral peg tooth a normal looking crown structure. Usually sufficient space exists between the central and canine to allow restoration
How to care for composite veneers?
They require no additional maintenance as long as you have a good dental hygiene routine established. This should include flossing, good gum health alongside regular hygiene appointments.
How long do composite veneers last?
This depends on many factors including diet, lifestyle and aftercare. Habits such as consumption of fizzy drinks, smoking or teeth grinding can significantly reduce the lifespan. Nevertheless typically composite veneers can last between 3 – 5 years at which point they will need to be polished or replaced.
Composite veneer cost
The cost is bespoke to each patient dependant on their exacting requirements and number of teeth being treated. Composite may also be combined with whitening, crowns and other cosmetic procedures dependant on the desired outcome. Nevertheless composite veneers are typically less expensive than porcelain veneers. Composite quality also varies greatly due to the material used, we ensure we only use the highest quality materials to ensure stable and high end aesthetic results. At Gardens dental you will provided with a detailed treatment plan and full costs in advance.
Composite veneers vs porcelain veneers. What are the disadvantages of composite Veneers?
Composite veneers are a great treatment choice to address a number of cosmetic concerns, especially if you are seeking a swift and cost effective solution. Our SmileFast service can provide dramatic smile makeovers combining orthodontics, composite and ceramics. Modern techniques have also improved polishing of composite to give more shine. However Porcelain veneers will give more lustre, will not be prone to staining like composite and the lifespan of composite is 3 to 5 years compared with 8 to 15 years for porcelain veneers.
Will composite veneers affect my bite
Many people worry that if they put veneers on their teeth they may no longer bite and eat normally. This is not true as composite is simply coating the tooth and involves little preparation. However lifespan can be impacted by extreme stress on the tooth such as opening a bottle using your teeth
What preparation do composite veneers require? Will my teeth be filed down?
Composite veneers require very little tooth preparation as the composite resin is applied and sculpted directly on your natural tooth or teeth. Teeth are rarely reducing with filing.
How long will the treatment take?
After an initial consultation to discuss suitability and your desired outcome, composite veneers are very much instant, as they are a same day treatment. Our Smilefast service which uses composite veneers for a complete smile makeover can also be completed in hours, although there will be more appointments due to the requirement for the digital imaging and laboratory work.
Will it cause pain? How invasive is the treatment
Created with little or no preparation it is a very swift treatment with minimal pain or discomfort. It is a great option for those who want a cosmetic change but are of a naturally more nervous disposition.