Composite veneers, are also known as direct veneers, chair side veneers or dental bonding. Composite veneers uses composite resin material in covering the outer layer surface of teeth and is an alternative to porcelain veneers for smile makeovers. With composite veneers, same day smile makeovers may be done for people seeking a great looking smile but who may not have the time or budget for porcelain veneers.
Each composite veneer is made by the your cosmetic dentist using tooth-colored composite resin applied directly onto the teeth. Because the veneer is made entirely by the dentist, it is especially important to do your research to find a dentist who has an artistic eye and the experience to pull off a natural looking result. This is one area that really pays to have an experienced dentist.
There are positives and negatives sides to composite veneers that needs to be considered prior to deciding whether composite veneers or porcelain veneers is most suited for your case.
Benefits of Composite Veneers
- composite veneers may be completed in just one visit as there is no wait time required for laboratory work
- composite veneers tend to be more economical in costs as there is no laboratory costs enabling your dentists to charge lower fees than porcelain veneers
- composite veneers can make teeth whiter than tooth bleaching using peroxide
- composite veneers also make smiles wider and correct some chipping, tooth wear, crowding and spacing
Procedure for Composite Veneers Treatment
1.First evaluation and composite veneer tooth preparation
- Local anesthesia is first adminstered at the region of composite veneer tooth preparation
- The natural teeth is reshaped to receive the composite veneer
- Dentists discusses and approves with the patient the determined color, bite, length and shape of the composite veneer
2.Curing of composite veneer
- Composite resin material is placed on the prepared tooth surface
- A light is used to cure and haren the surface of the composite resin veneer
3.Care of the composite veneer
- Brush and floss the composite veneer as recommended by your operative dentist
Composite Veneer Preparation
Curing of Composite Veneer
Care of Composite Veneer
The procedure for porcelain veneers differs from that of composite veneers. Porcelain veneers requires laboratory work.
The gums may have some minor tenderness for a couple days after the procedure. Some individuals may experience sensitivity in teeth. This sensitivity will disappear gradually over a few days to weeks.
Postcare Instructions for Composite Veneers
1.Avoid chewing on or eating hard foods on the restorations for 24 hours from the time they were cemented
2.To help with discomfort or swelling rinse your mouth with warm salt water. (1tsp. of salt in 8oz of water)
3.Keep composite veneer area clean to maintain tissue compatibility (the contour of the prosthesis must allow the surrounding tissue to conform to a natural, healthy position)
4.Some sensitivity in teeth may be experienced by certain patients. This sensitivity will disappear gradually over a few days to weeks. If teeth are sensitive
- Avoid hot, cold or acidic food and beverages
- Pain medication be taken as directed as long as there is no medical contradiction based upon your medical history
- Use flouride rinse and toothpaste for sensivity teeth
- Clean teeth properly
Care for Composite Veneers
Composite veneers require the same regular and consistent home and professional dental care as your natural teeth.
- Brush after eating and before bedtime around the composite veneer with a soft toothbrush, especially where the veneer meets the gum line.
- Floss at least once to twice a day. Use the proxy brush or floss threader to remove plaque under and around these areas to maintain good oral hygiene.
- Rinse with fluoride rinse before bed. Swish the fluoride rinse vigorously in your mouth for at least one minute. Do not swallow any of the rinse and do not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes
- Be careful about chewing toffees, gum, grainy rolls and tough food in this area
- See your dentist for regular professional check-ups and cleanings
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