Composite veneers are thin shells that fit the front part of your teeth as a measure to improve the overall appeal. They consist of a tooth-colored resin material and are an excellent way to enhance your smile.
The type of corrective measure to use on your teeth depends on the extent to which the problem is resolved and your budget.
Who Can Use Composite Veneers?
Composite veneers conceal tooth flaws such as discoloration, crookedness, stains, chipping, and enamel erosion. Veneers cover a small part of the tooth instead of crowns, which cover the whole tooth.
Teeth that are somewhat decent but only need minimal tweaking to improve their appearance could do well with composite veneers.
Types of Composite Veneers
Your dentist uses one of two ways to apply veneers to your teeth.
Direct composite veneers
This is a negligibly invasive procedure in which a dentist applies a composite resin material directly to your teeth. It also requires a relatively short time to get the teeth ready for the veneer to be applied.
Indirect Composite Veneers
The application method of a veneer determines whether it is a direct or indirect composite veneer. Your dentist begins by preparing your teeth just like they would do for direct composite veneers. The veneers are then customized at a separate location other than the mouth. It could be a lab or the dentist’s office.
Your dentist will provide you with a set of short-term veneers for your teeth as you await the indirect veneers. During your next appointment, the dentist will apply the indirect composite veneers on your teeth using a layer of adhesive.
Indirect composite veneers are highly valued because of their ability to repel fractures and tolerate abrasions. This makes them more costly than direct veneers.
How Long Do Composite Veneers Last?
Nowadays, veneers last longer than they did a few years ago. So expect to get service from your veneers for at least six years. When it gets to that point, you will need to set another appointment with your dentist so that you get new sets of veneers.
Taking care of your set of veneers can ensure that they last longer. Dentists recommend that:
- You adopt a habit of brushing using toothpaste with non-abrasive properties and resists the urge to break hard objects such as ice using your front teeth.
- You are wary of drinks such as tea and coffee because they will gradually form stains on your set of veneers.
What to Expect Before and After Application of Veneers
There will be a noticeable boost in your teeth’ appearance once the veneer application process is complete. If your teeth have huge gaps between them, are broken or crooked, a set of veneers will go a long way in uplifting their appearance.
Is It Possible To Remove Composite Veneers?
Yes. Your dentist can repair, remove, or replace your set of veneers using fresh composite material.
What Is The Cost Implication For Composite Veneers?
It is essential to put the cost factor into consideration. It happens that composite veneers cost a small fortune and take time to apply to perfection. As a veneer recipient, you would wish to get those made from high-quality materials and are applied correctly to ensure they work for as long as possible. Moreover, the results will speak for themselves anytime you open your mouth around people.
The cost of composite veneers varies with your location, the number of veneers necessary, and your dentist’s fee. The price per tooth could range between $250 and $1500. Your insurance probably excludes cosmetic procedures from your cover. This means that you will have to pay to improve the appearance of your smile.
If the damage affects some of your teeth, your insurance may chip in or cover the total cost of the procedure.
Composite Veneers Vs. Bonding
Both veneers and bonding improve the overall look of teeth. However, they are set apart by several factors.
- Veneers cost more than bonding.
- Veneers don’t break, chip, or stain easily, unlike bonding.
- Veneers are relatively permanent, as their application makes some alterations to existing teeth.
You are best guided by permanency, cost, and durability while choosing between bonding and veneers.