Bright Smiles Need Not Be Expensive

Composite Veneers – Bright Smiles Need Not Be Expensive

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Advantages and disadvantages of composite veneers compared to porcelain veneers.

Composite veneers help create bright and perfect smiles. They are inexpensive and can be done in as fast as a single appointment. There are, however, disadvantages to the use of composite resins. Read on to know more about what they are and how composite veneers can benefit you.

What are composite veneers?

Composite veneers, otherwise known as composite facings and composite laminates, are layers of resin material placed on the surface of the teeth facing the lips. The material used is tooth-colored and hardened through the use of strong light, such as halogen or LED.

What are composite veneers used for?

Composite veneers are primarily used for aesthetic purposes. They are often used for very simple cases of misaligned, or crooked teeth. They are also a very conservative form of treatment that can be used for individuals suffering from discoloration of teeth, or pathologic conditions involving the enamel, as shown in this case report. This is a very practical way of correcting problems without having much down time or frequent dental appointments. It is also a very conservative form of treatment that doesn’t require much tooth tissue removal.

Unlike orthodontic treatment or porcelain veneers, composite veneers can be finished within a span of thirty minutes, depending on the severity of the case.

How are composite veneers made?

Composite facings

The procedure starts with very minimal removal of tooth tissue, usually less than one millimeter in thickness.

A material known as “etchant” is then placed on the tooth surface where tooth tissue has been removed. This etchant is usually made from phosphoric acid. This is needed in order to create surface roughness on the tooth tissue which is needed in order for the resin material to attach – or bond – to the tooth.

The etchant is then rinsed off and the tooth is partially dried. Other materials are placed on the tooth surface which can help the resin material stick to the tooth.
After all preparations are done, the resin is then placed on the tooth and shaped to look like natural teeth. The procedure is complete by polishing of these composite veneers to give them the natural luster and shine of natural teeth.

Are composite veneers for me?

While composite veneers are indeed one of the quickest and budget-friendly ways to improve one’s smile, composite resins are not for everyone.

The degree of malpositioning of the teeth is one thing that has to be considered by your dentist. Teeth that are too inclined towards the lips may be difficult to manage when doing direct composite veneers. The same goes for teeth that have big spaces in between them,
Habits, such as night grinding or bruxism, can easily damage the composite placements.

Individuals who have this habit may want to reconsider having veneers placed on them.
Smoking as well as excessive intake of coffee or tea can cause stains on the veneers which may be difficult to remove in the long term. Most importantly, the role of oral hygiene should be emphasized when it comes to composite veneers.

Just like any other esthetic procedure done in the mouth, the success of treatment should always be accompanied by good and proper oral hygiene.

Are composite veneers permanent

This really depends on how one would view the term “permanent”. Composite veneers do last for a long time and this all depends on how they are taken care of. To keep things real though, the only permanent thing in the mouth are your natural teeth. No dental material can ever replace the “strength” and “durability” of natural tooth tissue.

What is the difference between composite veneers and porcelain veneers?

The difference between these two types of veneers is the material used. Porcelain veneers are made from feldspathic porcelain, which gives much better results compared to composite resin. Porcelain veneers are also more stain-resistant since the material is much smoother compared to resin.

However, porcelain veneers are more expensive and these cannot be easily repaired compared to composite veneers. They also take more dental appointments to make, compared to composite veneers which can be done in just one appointment.

The placement of composite veneers is one of the most conservative and quickest way to improve one’s smile. They are very good for long-term use and are very easy on the budget. However, just like any other dental procedure, much of its long-term success involves patient care and compliance.

The experience is key

Our aspiration to be among the best cosmetic dentists in the Netherlands is instinctively the highest achievable. This includes the highest quality and accessibility.

The quality of Steenbergen Dental Center is well monitored by internal quality management systems and externally by the Koninklijke Nederlandse Maatschappij tot bevordering der Tandheelkunde (KNMT).

We like to prove our accessibility. We invite you to test us by submitting your questions regarding (aesthetic) dentistry. This can be done using the naw data below or the contact form.

Tandheelkundig Centrum Steenbergen
Grote Kerkstraat 34
4651 BB Steenbergen
0167 – 563 780
info@tandheelkundigcentrumsteenbergen.nl

Information request form
Tandheelkundig Centrum Steenbergen Team