Do you think your teeth have changed dramatically from the normal white color? Are you feeling unpleasant about the space between your teeth? How about fractured and broken tooth. Let’s make it simple, do you have problems with facial appearance of your teeth (especially front teeth)? Or maybe you feel embarrassed about your smile. Composite veneer restores those dental problems that you are complaining about.
Previously, it was difficult for patients to accept something that was unchangeable and irreversible to apply to their teeth.
Composite veneers, but, were revolutionary in dental treatment techniques that introduced into dentistry. Read the article to know more about composite veneers.
What is composite veneer?
You need to know about the veneers and then the composite.
First, veneers are tooth-color thin layers designed to improve the structure of teeth. Veneers are available and fabricated from different materials. Laminate veneers (you might have heard the name) and composite veneers are these two familiar types of veneers.
Some of the veneers are directly placed on the teeth and the others are placed indirectly. Don’t bother about the names. These direct and indirect ways are used because of the way these veneers are prepared and placed on the teeth.
As an example, dental laminates that are made in the laboratory are indirect veneers and the composite ones are those that are directly applied to structure the teeth within the appointments with the dentist.
Who needs composite veneers?
Veneers are for restorative and cosmetic purposes in the dentistry field. The main goal of veneers is to enhance the smile that is fundamental in how we look.
No more explanation. By having one of the conditions below, you can benefit from composite veneers:
- Noticeable space between your teeth
- One or more teeth that stick out from the normal position (slight protrusion)
- Discolored teeth and can’t get that away even by bleaching
- Feel that your teeth are short in length
- Attrition of teeth
- Fractured or chipped teeth
How are these composite veneers applied to teeth?
The process of preparation and application is done at the dentist’s office to the front surface of the teeth.
The process is done through each layer application of the material and then hardening is followed. Next, the other layers are applied with the same manner. These structuring activities are done until the material is firmly bonded to the teeth structure and polishing can be carried out in the next step.
How is composite bonding similar to the structure of our teeth?
After bonding the composite to the teeth, later we see how the art of dentists come into play. The boded composite is not going to be left without finishing process. In cosmetic or esthetics of dental treatment, changing the shape of the teeth as well as operations to achieve tooth-like structure of the teeth are some considerations for the success of the treatment.
For these reasons, polishing instruments are used for achieving natural appearance of the teeth. The polishing techniques are done with 3 instruments.
Flexible disks, rubber cups and finishing strips are instruments to use for polishing purposes.
Advantages of composite veneers
These veneers have a lot of benefits. A few comparisons with dental laminates may clear the points if you have a feeling of uncertainty on which one to choose.
- It is done in a single appointment (unlike laminate which takes 2 sessions)
- It is a great choice for younger people as composite veneers are reversible
- Compared with laminate, composite veneers are cheaper
- It needs a little preparation work and the harm to teeth is to its lowest
- Most importantly, there is no need for any desensitizing agents
Disadvantages of composite veneers
Although there are some advantages, you may face with the side effects of composite veneers:
- Unlike dental laminate, it requires clinical work and careful placement techniques
- It may chip if you chew on hard thing (which is true of all veneers)
- Unfortunately, unlike ceramic laminates, color changes is possible
How should we take care of composite veneers?
After the restorative and esthetic operations on the teeth, the maintenance care of it should be part of your daily life.
To take care of composite veneers, you need to follow these tips:
- Avoid eating excessively on foods or fruits that contain high level of pigmentation since these veneers change its enamel-like color if the real color of teeth is at risk of color change
- As an extra tip following what we said above, do not eat those fruits and foods that cause color changes in the tooth pigmentation for 48 hours from composite veneer placement.
- Smoking should be avoided during this time
- Do not chew on hard things
- Placing mouth guard is a must if you have a habit of grinding your teeth at night
- You need regular visits to the dentist and good dental hygiene is necessary
Ask for advice from your dentist if you have any questions on composite veneer
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