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Composite Veneers Nottingham

If a brighter smile is what you’re after, composite veneers could be what you’re looking for.

Veneers are very thin shells that fit over your front teeth giving you an even, natural-looking smile. Alternatives to veneers include enameloplasty, tooth bonding or crowns. 

There are two types of veneers for you to choose from; porcelain and composite. While porcelain veneers are, obviously, made from porcelain, composite veneers are made from a tooth-coloured composite resin.

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Who can get veneers?

The main reason to opt for veneers is that they give smiles brighter, more appealing aesthetic. 

You might be suffering through erosion, chipped, stained, crooked or discolouration on your teeth. If so, veneers could be for you. 

How are veneers different from crowns?

Crowns cover the whole of your tooth back to front, whereas veneers only cover the front of your teeth.

If you already have okay shaped teeth, veneers are probably the best option for you. Crowns are usually a go-to for restorative treatments such as treating a broken tooth or covering the area where root canal treatment has taken place. 

Types of veneers

Your dentist will help you choose the fit veneers for you and your current teeth depending on a number of situational factors. Here are your options. 

Direct composite veneers

Made of composite resin, direct composite veneers are applied, as the name suggests, directly onto your teeth. It doesn’t take very long for the dentist to prepare your teeth either, making this procedure pretty much non-invasive.

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are custom-made in a lab or in your dentists’ office out of porcelain. 

Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth to be able to create an accurate mold to use for your veneers. You’ll be given temporary veneers while you wait for them to be created as it can sometimes take up to a week. 

Once your dentist has your bespoke veneers ready, they’ll fix them to your teeth and shape them to create the most natural aesthetic possible. 

Indirect composite veneers

Indirect composite veneers are very similar to direct composite veneers. In fact, the only difference is the way in which the veneers are applied. They’re also made from the same composite resin. 

Your teeth are prepped and cleaned the same way they would be with direct composite veneers too. The indirect factor is down to the way your veneers are applied. They’re usually created in a lab or in your dentist’s office as opposed to being applied directly onto your teeth. 

You’ll receive a temporary set while you wait for your custom-designed veneers to arrive. Once your dentist has them, they’ll apply your veneers using a bonding 

Direct composite veneers are more cost-efficient than indirect composite veneers. Although, indirect veneers are more durable. 

Porcelain Veneers Vs Composite Veneers

Direct composite veneers take less time than porcelain veneers as porcelain veneers take more than one session with your dentist.

However, the composite resin used in composite veneers is slightly more fragile than porcelain veneers and could chip frequently. They’ll also need replacing more often than porcelain veneers.

That said, porcelain veneers can cover darker stains in teeth or more severely incorrectly aligned teeth. However, porcelain veneers are generally a more expensive option.

The application process also requires more than one visit. Plus, porcelain veneers can indeed come loose which will require yet another trip to the dentist to have them reattached. 

Composite Veneers Procedure

First things first, your dentist will thoroughly clean your teeth and prepare them. Sometimes, your dentist will need to take a small amount of enamel off your teeth to ensure a good surface for the bonding agent.

If you’re getting direct composite veneers, your dentist will slightly roughen up the surface of your tooth to create a grippy surface for the adhesive.

Then, they’ll add the required amount of bonding agent to your teeth before applying the composite resin. 

Finally, the composite resin and bonding agent are solidified using a hi-tech light and your dentist can now shape the teeth to make them look as natural as possible. 

If you opted for indirect veneers, your clinician will prepare your teeth using the same methods as direct composite veneers. They’ll then take an impression of your teeth ready to send off to the lab for your bespoke veneers to be created.

On receiving your veneers, your teeth surfaces will be roughened, much like the direct procedure. Finally, the bonding agent will be applied and your permanent veneers fitted. 

Everything will be sealed and hardened using the hi-tech light and your new veneers will be shaped into the most natural aesthetic they can.

Usually, you won’t need anaesthesia for this process. But, if you do, once it’s worn off, you can return to work. 

How long do composite veneers last?

Your composite veneers should last up to seven. You can expect them to last a little longer if you take good care of them. 

Using a non-abrasive toothbrush and avoiding chewing ice or pen lids are minor tweaks you can make to your daily habits to ensure your veneers are properly cared for.

Avoiding coffee, tea, red wine and other staining substances can extend the life of your veneers as well as their appearance. 

Can composite veneers be removed?

You can get your composite veneers repaired, replaced or restored with the addition of more composite material applied by your dentist. 

How much do composite veneers cost?

Prices vary on composite bonding. It’s best to contact us to find the best price for you. The main factor we will take into account is the extent of the work that needs tackling. 

Composite veneers are essentially a semi-permanent solution to imperfections in your smile. So, if you think your confidence could benefit from a brighter, healthier-looking smile, contact us today.