A veneer of composite is, according to the experts in Dentistry , a very thin sheet of composite resin that covers the external surface of the tooth. It improves immediately the appearance of your teeth and rejuvenate at the same time without the need to undergo long and expensive treatments.
What are composite veneers?
Composites are composite resins that adhere directly to the tooth, without the need to wear enamel. There is a great variety of composites that are differentiated by their chemical composition, their colors, strengths, functional and aesthetic demands.
Composites are materials that are modeled directly on the surface of the tooth and that allow a multitude of therapeutic alternatives in order to achieve a more healthy, beautiful and natural smile.
What are the indications of composite veneers? What are they for?
Composite veneers serve to:
- Repair broken teeth.
- Coat the surfaces of worn teeth.
- Improve the color of one or several teeth with very natural results.
- Improve the shape of the teeth.
- Modify the size of the teeth.
- Correct the position of some teeth without having to undergo an orthodontic treatment.
- Rejuvenate at the facial level, improve the profile and attenuate the wrinkles of the lips.
- Improve the appearance of teeth that have spots, cracks ....
- Protect the teeth in patients with bruxism.
- They allow for a wider, younger and more attractive smile .
The selection of the composites together with the technique and the manual dexterity allow excellent and very natural results. In addition, a test can be done to see results before starting treatment.
Advantages of composite veneers
This type of dental veneers when molded directly on the tooth offer the following advantages over other dental treatments:
- It is a totally personalized treatment, exclusive for each patient, which is done by hand and can be adapted to the needs and demands of each person.
- The composite veneers respect the tooth as much as they do not need a carving of the same since their technique is based simply on their chemical adhesion to the tooth.
- The results are very natural , not artificial.
- They do not require the interface of a laboratory, which allows the treatment to be faster and cheaper .
- It is a totally painless treatment and does not need anesthesia.
- The results of the treatment are immediate since it is performed in a single session, in a morning or an afternoon.
- If you fracture a composite veneer it is very easy to repair it since it allows to work on the same resin.
- Protect teeth in people with bruxism by preventing them from wearing out more. These cases should also be treated with a discharge splint.
- Maintenance is simple, undergoing periodic inspections and possible polishing. If they are maintained properly they have a duration of between 7 and 12 years.
Differences and benefits of composite veneers against ceramic, porcelain or Lumineer veneers
- Composite veneers respect the tooth as much as they do not need a carving of the same since their technique is based simply on their chemical adhesion to the tooth. However, ceramic, porcelain or Lumineer veneers, however thin they may be, require a tooth carving to achieve a minimum space on which to lean and hold on the tooth.
- Ceramic or porcelain veneers always require an interface with a laboratory that lengthens and increases the cost of treatment. In addition, it is not a treatment so personalized because the maker of the veneers that is the ceramist does not know the needs of the patient, their tastes and aesthetic requirements.
- Composite veneers are a direct treatment because they are resins that are modeled directly on the surface of the tooth and adhere to it by means of a technique of chemical adhesion. However ceramic / porcelain / Lumineers veneers are cemented on the prepared tooth and manufactured indirectly.
- The results in the veneers of composite can be modified the necessary times however when they are made of the ceramics they do not allow touch-ups.
- The treatment with composite veneers does not require anesthesia , however in ceramic / porcelain veneers if they usually require anesthesia because the appearance of the tooth is modified. In the latter case, temporary supplies will also be needed while they are manufactured.
- The results of the treatment with composites are immediate since it is realized in a single session, in a morning or an afternoon. With ceramic veneers at least two appointments are required.
- If a composite veneer is fractured it is very easy to repair it since it allows to work on the same resin. If a porcelain veneer is fractured, a new one must be made and wait at least a week with a provisional one.
- The maintenance of both is simple, undergoing periodic inspections and possible polishing.
- In the long term, if recessions occur in the gingiva , in the case of composite veneers, nothing happens because it is treated as a simple filling as the resin allows to add material directly to the tooth. However, this can not be solved with ceramic / porcelain veneers or Lumineers, which should be repeated.
- The composites if they are stained can be easily cleaned and polished their surface recovering the brightness. Porcelain is not pigmented.
- The results are very natural , not artificial in both cases. In the composites will depend on the selection of composites and manual dexterity. In the ceramics the esthetic results depend mainly on the laboratory.
- The diagnosis of future caries on veneered teeth is easier to see and treat than on teeth that have been treated with porcelain veneers or Lumineers.