Composite veneers are an alternative to porcelain veneers. They are constructed of composite resin and are often referred to as composite resin veneers or resin veneers. In addition, as they are often bonded directly onto your teeth they are also known as bonded or bonding veneers.
Advantages of Composite or Bonded Veneers
The first advantage is that less time is spent in the dentist chair as these veneers are made from a white filling material and can be placed directly in the mouth by your dentist in a single visit.
They are also a good option for someone that may not want to commit to a porcelain veneer for things such as small spaces between teeth, minor staining, slightly crooked chipped or broken teeth, or small defect or cavity in a front tooth.
Resin veneers, if done correctly, should match the adjacent teeth. This is achieved by selecting the resin material that is applied to the tooth in a specific shade to match your natural teeth, and once set it is then shaped and polished and adjusted to match the adjacent natural teeth.
Composite resin or bonded veneers are less expensive than porcelain veneers.
Composite resin veneers are also a great way to “mock-up” teeth as an intermediate option prior to cementing porcelain veneers. The mock-up can be easily adjusted and ‘tried-in’ and can used to give an example of how the teeth will look and feel prior to making the final version of the porcelain veneers.
Another advantage of bonded resin veneers is that there is a very minimal effect on the existing tooth structure and are generally a quicker process than indirect (lab-made) restorations.
In general, resin veneers can be added onto teeth with minimal to no preparation of natural teeth. As such they can be completely reversible if needed. This is in line with Dentistry On Coolums Minimally Invasive Dentistry philosophy.
Finally, bonded resin veneers can be a great option and can last a long time with proper planning, placement, cleaning and follow-up. If there is a defect in the veneer, they are also quite simple to replace and restore.
Things to consider prior to building up a tooth with bonded composite veneers include, how the patient is biting together, and the forces placed on the tooth as well as the integrity of the tooth structure which is being bonded to. In some cases, it is needed to take impressions prior to building up the teeth and building the teeth with a premade stent. This will ensure the shape and size of the teeth are as desired and reduce the amount of shaping and polishing.
Disadvantages of Resin or Bonded Veneers
One disadvantage of bonded veneers is that the material used is less stain resistant and not as strong or long lasting as porcelain veneers so it may require replacing over time.
Dentistry at Coolum
If you would like to know more about options for restoring your front teeth including (but not limited to) composite resin or porcelain veneers do not hesitate to give our office a call on 07 54461616 or text us on WebChat!