Composite veneers, or ‘bonding’ is the cosmetic process of applying high quality resin to the surface of the front of the teeth to improve colour, shape and shine.
Veneers are applied to the front (visible) surfaces, usually of the upper teeth, in order to improve their appearance, lustre and colour.
Veneers are made of either composite resin (Bonded/ direct veneers) or from porcelain (ceramic/indirect Veneers). At Pymble Dental Practice we’re skilled in both of these materials and procedures, so we can apply the best method to suit your dental situation.
Composite veneers are also called bonded or direct veneers. They are made from a type of filling material called composite resin. Composite resin is also used in filling back teeth, but when used as a cosmetic treatment, we choose resins with high lustre, ‘polish’ability and with a wide colour range.
What problems can veneers solve?
Whilst they are largely a cosmetic therapy, they’re also used to:
Disguise misshapen or broken-down teeth.
Change the shade or colour of badly stained, yellow or discoloured teeth
Close spaces or correct crowding
Improve the smile by changing the amount of tooth showing in your smile, in symmetry with the lip lines.
What is the process of having bonded composite veneers?
A discussion and examination will help our dentists understand your goals with the cosmetic treatment.
At this appointment we will discuss alternative options so you can be assured that we are giving you all the necessary information you need before embarking on changing or improving your smile.
This appointment will also help us discuss shape, colour and size of your desired teeth.
We will take photographs of your smile and teeth and discuss the possible limitations and what bonded veneers could achieve. All the costs and payment plans are also discussed at this visit.
Treatment involves a minimal amount of tooth preparation (smoothing and reducing the enamel surface), under local anaesthetic, so when the veneers are applied they don’t look bulky and unnatural.
Once the tooth is prepared, the enamel is washed and dried with a bonding agent, then the composite resin is applied in increments and with different shades and translucencies to mimic a natural lifelike look.
The teeth are then polished to a high shine, and adjustments can be made with patient feedback along the way.
Advantages of Composite resin veneers
Cheaper than porcelain veneers
Relatively minimally invasive
In the right hands, they can look very natural
Polishable at subsequent appointments
Disadvantages of Composite resin veneers over porcelain veneers
Chip more frequently
Can absorb stains over time
Lose their shine over time and need to be polished
Not as aesthetic as porcelain veneers
Do not last as long as porcelain veneers