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What you should know about composite veneers

Do dental veneers make sense for me?

There are two types of veneers you can choose from as a patient – porcelain or composite. In this article, we will focus on composite veneers – when they are used, what they’re used for, when they’re a good idea, and when other options should be considered.

When would Dr. G recommend veneers?

Veneers can be a good option if you want to:

  • correct teeth that are crooked or badly shaped
  • restore broken or chipped teeth
  • freshening stained or discolored teeth
  • teeth that have gotten shorter overtime from general wear and tear
  • filling gaps between teeth

This sounds like a great fix – are there any scenarios in which I don’t want to utilize veneers?

Veneers are an excellent choice for individuals with healthy teeth to support the veneer. The following circumstances are cause for concern:

  • Your tooth has decay or active gum disease – however, these issues can be addressed, allowing the option for veneers at a later date.
  • The structure of your tooth is weakened from large cavities/fillings, as an example. The foundation of a tooth is crucial to the success of your veneer. If your tooth structure has been compromised, Dr. G may recommend a crown instead.
  • Crooked teeth, overbites, underbites – similar to decay and gum disease, veneers can be considered after these issues have been addressed.
  • Frequent teeth grinding during sleep can cause damage to a veneer. A mouth guard may be used to minimize teeth grinding habits.

Composite veneers

Composite veneers are very convenient as they are achieved in one visit. Composite veneers are built upon the tooth in layers. Each layer is cured with a special light before adding a new layer. Finally, the new veneer surface is polished to match the sheen of your other teeth.

Because this requires building on the original tooth, the original tooth has to be thinned before beginning the resin layer application – in order to prevent added bulk to the tooth. However, less thinning is generally required over porcelain veneers.

When are composite veneers most effective ?

Composite veneers are used in situations in which smaller changes have occurred:

  • to improve chipped or discolored teeth
  • to reduce the appearance of minor misalignments of teeth

Composite veneers should not be used to fill large gaps between teeth.

Think a composite veneer might be a good option for you? Schedule a consultation with Dr. G today!

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