With modern dentistry techniques and dental bonding we are able to rebuild worn, chipped and damaged teeth to recreate beautiful teeth using composite veneers.
Here we are discussing composite veneers and composite bonding, you can visit our smile makeover and porcelain veneer pages for more information on how to improve your smile with different dental treatment types.
These treatment options have developed over recent times due to the advances in teeth bonding dental materials that now allow us to glue onto the natural tooth structure. Thereby enabling existing teeth to be reshaped.
Composite veneers have multiple different names all meaning the same thing- they can be known as ‘resin veneers’, ‘same day veneers’, ‘Componeers and Edelweiss’- though these are different pre-made composite shells that are bonded to the tooth enamel. Composite veneers and composite bonding terms get mixed around and used in different ways meaning different things to different people. Composite bonding is even less invasive than composite veneers and is different as it involves only the tips (incisal edges) of the teeth rather than covering the front surfaces.
Resin dental veneers are a completely different modern treatment alternative in comparison to traditional functional health dentistry such as silver fillings, dental crowns, dental bridges or dental implants.
A composite veneer is a technique whereby the resin bonding paste is placed over the front surface of a tooth or teeth covering the damage and discolouration beneath like a false finger nail. Hiding the unattractive existing natural tooth below and creating a perfect flawless looking surface.
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Dental composite resins for tooth bonding are the latest and best versions of white filling material that have been specifically developed for the properties needed for modern dentistry. Improving all the important areas of handling and moulding for shaping, strength of bonding for longevity and polishing for excellent cosmetic results. There are various types of composite resin available for composite veneers. We use Venus Pearl by Heraeus Kulzer as we feel this has the best overall blend of outstanding properties required in for the best patient outcomes.
Composite material is an extremely effective and safe way to help people smile again. Composite bonding has not been around forever and is a relatively new dental procedure, favoured by recent generations of dentists who are interested in conserving the underlying tooth structure and keeping the patients mouth healthy.
As cosmetic dentists in Liverpool we can use composite veneers to improve all sorts of problems such as crooked teeth, worn/ chipped/ stained and discoloured teeth. If you avoid smiling or are self concious about a particular aspect of your smile then click to call or to request a consultation.
Firstly you need come along for a proper comprehensive consultation either with our treatment coordinator and/ or one of our cosmetic dentists. At the appointment we will perform a complete assessment of your mouth to ensure everything is healthy enough for composite veneers. We will also review your specific desired changes to your teeth in shape/style and colour. Some people will even bring pictures of the style of teeth they would like in their own mouth to help visualise the changes desired, especially if they are looking to have a more modern media style smile. This also helps us to discuss what is and isn’t possible as there are some limitations to changes possible with composite. Sometimes the changes desired require a more complete smile makeover approach with braces and porcelain veneers.
Once a plan has been decided upon we can then arrange the right sort of appointment time needed to achieve your ideal outcome. At this appointment the surfaces of your teeth involved in changing the smile are then prepared ready for the placement of the ‘putty like’ composite resin. There is no need for numbing anaesthetic injections or drilling unless your teeth need some minor reshaping. The dentist like an artist then positions and sculpts the composite into the correct shape for your tooth style and then ‘sets’ it with a special blue light. Once all the composite is in position, they then further finish the shape and polishes the teeth with special tools for a perfect looking smile.
The treatment process usually takes in the region of a couple of hours unless you are having a complete smile design performed. You are then able to leave the practice smiling and feeling confident. You will then have a review visit about one week later for any final finishing and polishing to the composite veneers to finalise your new smile.
Take a look at some of our work in the short video below.
Why Composite Veneers as the best option for you?
The four biggest reasons to choose this cosmetic makeover option are-
The speed in which it can be performed and your new smile created ( usually in just a couple of visits).
It is much less damaging to the remaining natural tooth structure avoiding further harm and damage to the health of the existing teeth.
It costs quite a bit less in fees in comparison to porcelain and other smile changing options
It can look more natural and lifelike blending with your own natural enamel enhancing rather than replacing the tooth completely.
You should always be given and discuss the complete range of choices in the types of veneers available and the pros and cons of each type for your individual case. Given the differences in reversibility and invasiveness of each procedure, combined with the cosmetic outcome possible and prospective longevity of the result. Modern resin composite veneers are a great cosmetic alternative to porcelain and are now used all over the world by the best dentists.
Porcelain veneer fees are between £595-£795 per tooth/ Composite veneer prices are between £250-£400 per tooth. In our practice experience porcelain lasts 12-15 years and composite can last up to 5 years respectively before people look to change them, they are still working and functioning but have lost some cosmetic effect due to the wear and tear placed on them over time. At Azure Dental, if patients wish to have a mini smile makeover using composite veneers you can take advantage of custom tray teeth whitening to first brighten your smile. You can discuss this with your cosmetic dentist at the consultation appointment.
Like in every aspect of dentistry, over time all dental work will wear/ breakdown and fail. No different to a car or mobile phone. Though in comparison your teeth are working for you in some way virtually every minute of each day even when you are not eating, and especially at night when you are grinding your teeth together. Therefore it is very difficult to give any exact timescales but generally like in other dental treatment areas it mostly depends on how you look after/ care for your teeth and oral health overall.
In particular, if you do grind your teeth (everyone does in their own particular way and to varying degrees of intensity); then you will chip and break your composite bonding or composite veneers just like the wear that has been caused to your natural teeth over the years. The key to reducing the significant force and pressure that night time tooth grinding has on teeth and composite veneers is to wear a protective night guard- known as a splint. Wearing the splint will make sure your composite veneers stay in great shape for a much longer time. Generally we give an average life span of 5-10 years as a best estimate with some re-polishing and repairing usually required from time to time.
In the same person porcelain veneers would usually last twice as long but are usually 2-3 times more expensive in the first instance.
Good oral health is crucial to the success and longevity of composite veneers and therefore regular dental practice attendance for dental care and maintenance is required to avoid issues with gum disease and decay. Ensuring overall good looking composite resin veneers and healthy teeth.
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If you have any concerns or issues with regards to missing teeth, loose teeth or dentures
and are looking at the potential solution of dental implant treatment then please get in touch.
Implants are a very predictable treatment option. They have good long term success rates but require regular care and maintenance to ensure they remain healthy for as long as possible.
Implants are generally placed under local anaesthetic. Once numb treatment is carried out with the very minimum of discomfort.
No, your dentist will show you how to clean any hard to reach areas around the implant. But you’ll mostly clean them as you would your normal teeth.
Dental implants are designed to provide a long term solution to your gap(s). They require less frequent replacement than other solutions such as dentures or bridgework, making them an overall cost-effective solution to replace a missing tooth (teeth).
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