The composite resin material varies in its nano-technology for different applications. It is used to directly sculpt onto teeth to restore aesthetics, cosmetic symmetry and functioning of teeth.
These veneers differ from traditional ones because they can be done in a single visit and do not necessarily need a laboratory. They are directly applied to the tooth using advanced adhesion techniques and innovative bonding agents to meld to both enamel and dentine. There are huge innovations in the field of composite dentistry. Composite veneers are continuously being developed to look and feel more realistic, just like teeth. At Hockerill Dental, we offer a range of leading veneer treatments for new and existing patients across Hertfordshire.
The Benefits of Composite Veneers
This treatment can be carried out in a single appointment as it does not require a laboratory ceramist or technician.
- Gain a Smile in a Day with a Process Less Invasive than Traditional Veneers: Minimal or no tooth preparation is involved in this very conservative treatment. The placement of composite veneers does not require many steps or appointments in its creation.
- No Temporary Treatment Required as Composite Veneers are Completed in a Single Visit: No need for any additional temporary teeth in the interim period as is common with porcelain veneers.
- Aesthetically Creative: Composite resin is a tooth-coloured product that is comparable to the tooth in its appearance and tooth-like texture/surfacing. Hence, we can create very realistic looking teeth.
- More Versatile than Traditional Porcelain Veneers: The composite material can be used to restore part of the tooth or a full veneer all over the tooth. Due to the variability in shades available, we can blend and match composites to the natural tooth structure. This material can also replace any fillings in the same tooth to be veneered.
- Repairs Can Be Made Easily: Although unlikely, if you have any future issues, like small chips, they can easily be repaired by the addition of more composite material to the tooth. This can be carried out in a short visit. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, require replacement of the veneer should anything happen to them, which can take up to two weeks.
- More Cost-Effective: You can apply composite to multiple teeth without requiring additional laboratory costs, appointments or supplemental component materials. This makes the treatment very affordable. A full smile makeover can be more cost-effective with composite veneers as opposed to traditional porcelain veneers.
- Safe and Effective: Composites have been used for many years and are proven to be a very safe alternative to dark amalgam fillings. Advances in composites have meant that they are strong enough to be protective as veneers.
The Composite Veneer Process
When you book your free consultation with us, you’ll get a chance to discuss the aims of our veneer treatment. You’ll also receive a clearer insight into what the treatment process involves.
This treatment can be carried out without anaesthetic if there is no dentine involved. However, if the tooth in question has chipped, dentine may have become exposed. In this case, a local anaesthetic may be required. Composite veneers adhere to teeth using a bonding technique. Dental bonding is simply the process by which composites are glued to teeth. It involves micro-mechanical and chemical bonding using various agents. The composite material is first placed in increments of the required shades and translucency to create the necessary morphology of the specific tooth. A light curve of a particular wavelength is then used at each stage of the increments to set the composite resin hard. Finally, the composite veneer is micro-shaped, polished, and the bite checked.
Composite Veneer Maintenance
It is essential to understand that composite is like a tough acrylic; after 5-6 years, you may need some additional maintenance to spruce up the veneers due to staining and wear. Regular check-ups with your dentist and hygienist can help to maintain your new teeth.