Composite and Ceramic Veneers
Veneers are simply a very thin but incredibly strong and beautiful layer that is bonded to your teeth to restore their optimal shape and function. Veneers are ideal for anyone looking to improve and beautify their smile, though this is not only a cosmetic treatment. Those who have lost enamel over time due to wear or acid erosion would also notice an improvement in chewing and even speaking by having the natural lengths and widths of their teeth restored. This is a great solution for filling spaces between teeth or to mask minor issues like a tooth that’s angled slightly, or the wrong shape.
Veneers are used typically for the following reasons:
- Replace lost enamel from wear, cavities or acid erosion
- Discoloured teeth that whitening alone can’t improve
- Chipped or misshapen teeth
- Teeth that are slightly rotated
There are two styles of veneers:
- Direct composite veneers (bonding): This can be done in a single appointment with a natural, white cosmetic filling material. The beauty of the procedure is reduced appointments since we complete this in a single visit and a single followup appointment to ensure everything feels good.
- Indirect ceramic veneers: This involves using a lab where we work with a master ceramist to fabricate your veneers out of an esthetic ceramic material. This requires more appointments, but the end result is longer lasting and stronger.
Both methods show major improvements for patients in the right situations. We’ll discuss the pros, cons and costs associated with both options to help you choose what fits your situation.
Composite veneers, commonly referred to as bonding, is a minimally invasive way to achieve the smile you’ve always imagined.
Composite material is a tooth-coloured material that bonds to your enamel. The great thing about using a composite material to create the veneer is that we rarely (if ever) have to remove any tooth structure, yet we can still create the shape and colour to make your teeth look amazing. Because we are usually not removing tooth structure, most patients complete the procedure without any anesthetic or needles! Composite veneers can also be modified to fine-tune the look you desire.
Are Composite Veneers right for you?
This service is ideal for people who are unhappy with the shape of their teeth, with spaces between their teeth, or with the colour of their teeth. Composite veneers are also great for patients with uneven wear to restore the original shapes of the teeth in their smile.
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Here are some common questions about composite veneers (bonding):
Composite and Ceramic Veneers
Question: What are ceramic veneers and are they different than composite veneers?
Porcelain veneers differ from composite veneers in a few ways:
- Ceramic veneers require both a preparation and a placement appointment. At the preparation appointment the teeth are shaped to the ideal conformation to have the veneers placed. At the placement appointment, the veneers are bonded to the teeth. Between the two appointments, temporary veneers will be worn by the patient.
- Ceramic veneers are made in the lab, out of porcelain, in contrast to composite veneers which are fabricated by your dentist out of white filling material.
- Ceramic veneers tend to be stronger and last longer, requiring less maintenance.
- When compared to composite veneers, more tooth structure is usually removed to complete the procedure.