Every day we see celebrities with beautiful, pearly white teeth. Unfortunately, this can lead us to see all of the flaws our own mouths have.
Maybe your teeth are chipped, yellowed, crooked, or gapped. The good news is, fame worthy teeth are achievable with veneers. Here’s why you should consider composite veneers on your journey to a flawless smile.
What Are Composite Veneers?
This type of dental veneer is bonded to the front of your teeth using a thin layer of composite material. Used to aesthetically restore your natural teeth, the resin material can change the shape and color of your teeth, providing cosmetic correction where needed.
Composite veneers are attached to the surface of your tooth enamel. Depending on your desired goal, your dentist can match a veneer to your natural tooth or use veneers that are whiter, if your goal is whiter, brighter teeth.
Who Is a Candidate for Veneers?
Is your self-esteem suffering due to imperfect teeth? Anyone who is unhappy with their teeth may be a candidate for veneers. Talk to your dentist about your goals so they can create a treatment plan that’s right for you.
In some cases, dental restoration to your natural teeth may need to occur before the veneers procedure. This may include orthodontic work, dental implants, bite correction, correcting dental decay, and more. If not corrected before the procedure, some issues could impact your veneers and your oral health.
The Benefits of Veneers
Typically, veneers look very natural. They can effectively cover chipped teeth and teeth that are permanently discolored. If you have gaps between your teeth, they can also make the gaps appear smaller than they are as well.
Another benefit of veneers is how durable they are. Usually, composites last 5-7 years as long as you take good care of them. However, porcelain veneers last longer, on average. With porcelain, you may not have to replace your veneers for 10 to 15 years.
The Difference Between Porcelain and Composite Veneers
When considering whether to do composite or porcelain veneers, it is important to note that there are several key differences between the two. Here’s what you should know.
- Composites cost less money compared to porcelain veneers.
- Composite veneers can usually be placed in one dental visit, while porcelain may take multiple visits to the dentist.
- Porcelain veneers are stronger than composites due to the material.
- Composite veneers will need to be replaced more often.
- Porcelain veneers can correct severe issues more effectively, such as deeply stained teeth.
For most patients, the composite veneers procedure is quick and simple. Your dentist will begin by removing some of your enamel, and they will shape your natural teeth if necessary. Local anesthesia will be used to numb your mouth beforehand.
Next, they will place the tooth-colored composite resin on your teeth. Using a UV light, they will bond the veneers to your teeth. Lastly, your new veneers will be smoothed and polished.
If necessary, this type of veneer may be created in a dental laboratory after your dentist takes impressions of your teeth. The creation process may take 1-2 weeks. However, it’s most common for dentists to create and place your composite veneers in a single visit. If your veneers do need to be created in a lab, your dentist may place temporary veneers on your teeth while you wait.
After Procedure Care
While you will likely be able to resume your normal activities after the procedure, you may feel temporary soreness. Sometimes, it can take a few days to grow accustomed to your new veneers. Make sure you brush and floss as recommended by your dentist. Consider avoiding beverages that stain teeth such as tea, coffee, and wine.
If you grind or clench your teeth, wear a mouthguard to protect your investment. Lastly, make sure you see your dentist twice a year for cleanings and necessary maintenance.
Are There Any Drawbacks?
The biggest drawback with veneers is that the process is irreversible. Before you make the commitment, be completely sure you want them. Once the veneers are placed, your teeth can never be returned to their natural state.
In some cases, if your veneers become damaged, they may be irreparable. While they can be removed and replaced, this could be more costly. If you grind your teeth or clench frequently, veneers may not be the best option for you.
One of the most common concerns patients have is cost. Thankfully, composite veneers are less expensive compared to porcelain veneers. While cost varies from person to person, you may spend $250 to $1,500 per tooth. This is still cheaper compared to porcelain veneers, which can cost $800 to $2,000 per tooth.
Your dental insurance might help with costs if your tooth was damaged leading up to the need for veneers. Just remember, when a procedure is considered cosmetic dentistry, insurance typically doesn’t pay.
If you feel self-conscious about your teeth, it’s time to see a professional to discuss your options.
Depending on your needs and oral health, composite veneers may be the perfect solution for you. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with our dentist.