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Our smile is a gift. We can use it as an accessory to add to our natural beauty, and also to spread cheer around.
However, not all of us are blessed with the smile we desire, due to multiple factors ranging from heavy discoloration to crooked, chipped or worn out teeth. Thankfully, cosmetic dentistry provides many ways to achieve a fabulous smile, and Composite Veneers are a great cost-effective option.
Composite Veneers can help improve the color, shape, size and overall appearance of your teeth, as well as close spaces between teeth.
Composite veneers offer a viable solution for a range of cosmetic dental issues, like:
Acidic erosion due to dietary choices, genetic factors or even wrong brushing techniques can wear out the enamel on the tooth surface, which will result in your teeth looking dull, discolored and worn out.
Wear and tear
Whether it is a result of age, or other factors, our teeth are bound to some degree of wear and tear – which causes them to lose their sharpness, look uneven, and even belay our age. You certainly don’t want your teeth to shout out your age, do you?
Crooked and misaligned teeth
When it comes to crooked, uneven, irregular or misaligned teeth, an orthodontic treatment is often recommended. But given that it can be time-consuming, painful and expensive, a lot of people prefer the quicker and more economical option of composite veneers.
Gappy or overcrowded teeth
When teeth don’t develop as per the space available, it could result in gaps between teeth in case of smaller teeth, or overcrowded teeth fighting for space in case of too many teeth. There are also instances of people being born with abnormal spacing between their teeth, which grows wider as they age. In all such instances, composite veneers can bring in the required sense of balance.
When teeth are heavily discolored, they can exhibit a resistance to whitening treatments, and veneers can be a good solution to cover the discolored teeth.
Composite veneers can do the same thing as Porcelain veneers - they can transform your smile too, but in a more cost effective manner.
A big difference between the two is that unlike porcelain veneers, which need to be made in a laboratory, composite veneers are made by depositing multiple layers of tooth colored resin directly over the surface of the tooth, and then “curing” the resin so that it stays in place.
Apart from improving the appearance of your smile, composite veneers also support the original tooth structure, and protect it from further damage.
This is a simpler process that requires only two visits for the perfect smile.
At Magical Smiles, we take pains to help you get the smile you desire. But we also understand that it can be difficult for you to share the finer nuances of the kind of smile you would like. And this is why we have adopted an interactive digital smile design process, which allows you to choose the smile you want after you’ve seen a digital mock-up of how it will look on your face. Here’s how this works:
- The first visit is when we will do a detailed consultation with you to understand what you want. We use a software that can show us a visualization of how your smile would look like – with different lengths and shapes of teeth. You pick the smile that you feel goes best with your personality.
- We will take photo and video records of your smile, so that we can study it in detail and find a way to manipulate it to your desired outcome. We also take impressions of your mouth to make the final 3D production guide.
- On your second visit, we will present to you a digital mock-up that we can collectively preview and refine further.
- The final digital smile will then be used to create a plaster model that will guide the positioning of resin on your actual tooth.
We use the best quality material to make composite veneers, because we want you to get the best care possible. The costs for a composite veneer range from AUD $450 to AUD 600 per tooth, and the final cost will be based on the number of veneers, the level of complexity and the finish quality that you choose to have.
On an average, composite veneers can last from 6 to 8 years. But this can vary from person to person, as the tooth, gum and bone structures attached to it can change over time if there’s a disease.
Maintaining your composite veneers can be quite hassle-free, if they fit correctly over the teeth. You can follow the regular home maintenance practices, as under:
Brush regularly with a soft bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste with fluoride
Daily gentle flossing between your veneers, making sure that you pass the floss all the way up to the point where the tooth meets the gum
Avoid biting into anything hard or brittle that you wouldn’t normally bite into with your natural teeth
Wear a night guard if you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth while sleeping, to avoid unnecessary stress on your teeth
Once your composite veneers are permanently bonded, it is recommend to see dentist every 6 months for regular maintenance visits to assess how the gums are responding to the veneers, and see how the treatment is coming along.
If done correctly with proper post treatment care, there are negligible risks involved.
However, composite veneers run the risk of getting fractured when the teeth are grinded during sleep. This can be prevented with the use of a guard when you sleep.
A good guide to go by is to check how many teeth show when you smile. This will be different for different people, depending on the breadth of their upper jaw. A popular trend off late is veneering the front 8 – 10 teeth so as to have a broader looking smile.
When it comes to Composite Veneers, there is negligible or no loss of tooth structure, as the resin is deposited over the existing teeth however preparation depends on the initial position of the teeth and how much modification is required to achieve a desired result.
However, if there are older resin fillings, then those will be removed as the newer resin will not bond well over the old resin.
It is more common to place composite veneers on the upper teeth only, as these are the ones seen when they smile. In case the lower teeth also show, then we could discuss the best option between whitening and veneers to choose, for the lower teeth. We recommend that the whitening be done prior to veneering, so that we can achieve a perfect match with the final whitening result. If the upper teeth are also whitened, then they will require thinner veneers.
Composite veneers always run the risk of staining over time – primarily due to diet and hygiene choices. With time, the resin will get porous and the stains could penetrate through to the teeth surface.
There could be some minimal pain after the composite veneer treatment on account of the following:
- During the preparation and bonding of the veneers, the gum tissue might need to be adjusted during the procedure. This could result in some discomfort in this area for a day or two.
- At other times, the tooth could be left with a heavy bite post the veneer. In this case, you must bring it to our notice immediately so that we can do a quick bite adjustment procedure.
It is commonly felt that it is easier to repair a composite veneer fracture as compared to porcelain veneers, by adding more resin to it. Porcelain and Composite veneers can both be repaired using other techniques and materials, with varying results.
Composite veneers are thus a viable solution for most who wish to improve their smile. And at Magical Smiles, we can help you enhance your smile, so that you can create more magic with your smile.