In recent years, dental veneers have become one of the most popular options to transform a smile. Veneers are a fantastic option for any smile transformation whether you want to make a subtle change or completely transform your teeth’s appearance. Dental veneers are available in a range of materials, each featuring a unique set of benefits. Today we are going to be discussing all things composite veneers from what they are to how they can change your smile for the better.

What Are Composite Veneers?

Composite veneers are a type of veneer that are commonly used in cosmetic dentistry to help improve the overall look of a smile. Unlike porcelain veneers, which are as the name suggests, made from porcelain, composite veneers are made from a tooth-coloured resin. This resin is the same type of material that is used in teeth bonding procedures.

Composite veneers are different to porcelain veneers as they’re commonly known within the industry as ‘same day veneers’. This is because these types of veneers are shaped chairside during your appointment and applied to the teeth straight after. The way these veneers work is the resin, which is a mouldable filling material, is placed on each tooth and sculpted into the desired shape. Once that has been accomplished it’s then set with a special light that hardens the material and locks it in its shape.

It is possible to complete a full smile transformation with composite veneers, and at Mermaid Smiles we see composite veneers as a great option for those wanting a short term smile makeover.

Types of Composite Veneers

There are two types of composite veneers: direct and indirect. Direct veneers are where the composite veneers are created by etching an enamel material against your teeth to create the ideal shape. Once this has been done the veneers are then applied.

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Description automatically generated with low confidenceIndirect veneers on the other hand are still completed in one appointment but instead of creating the shape using your actual teeth, a mould or scan will be taken. The dentist will use this to create the shape of your veneers and then place them on your teeth.

Benefits of Composite Veneers

There are many great benefits to this type of dental veneer, so we’d thought we’d share a few reasons why you should consider them when transforming your smile.

1. Fast Application

Composite veneers are favoured by many because you can walk into the dentist and out with a new smile all in one day. Other dental veneer options require a few appointments due to the way they are made and applied whereas composite veneers are made during and applied all during the same appointment.

2. Customise Your Smile

These veneers will give you the opportunity to customise your smile to how you like it to look. Whether you’re looking to change the shape of one pesky tooth, cover up a chip or completely change your entire smile composite veneers could be the answer!

No matter if you’re after small changes or a complete smile transformation, composite veneers can achieve your desired results, leaving you feeling like a brand-new person when you leave.

3. Cheaper Alternative

In comparison to other dental veneers offered, composite veneers do have a smaller price tag. This makes a smile makeover easily able to be achieved for people looking for an alternative treatment that will suit their budget but still give them their desired results.

Application Process of Composite Veneers

The first thing your dentist will do during the application appointment is clean your teeth thoroughly to prepare them for the application process. Once this has been completed, depending on each person’s individual needs, a small layer of enamel may need to be removed from your teeth. This will help the material stick to your teeth better.

The following steps will differ slightly, dependent on whether you’re getting direct or indirect composite veneers.

For indirect veneers instead of shaping the resin material on your teeth then hardening them, your dentist will first take a digital scan or mould of your teeth. The veneers are then created outside of your mouth in a laboratory. Once they’re created your dentist will apply an adhesive material to your teeth and then attach the veneers. From here a special light is used to harden the adhesive and set them to your teeth.

Direct composite veneers on the other hand will be created by the dentist etching enamel on your teeth to create the desired shape. A form of adhesion glue will then be applied to your teeth so the composite resin material can be attached to your teeth. The composite is then layered over the tooth and hand shaped by your dentist. It’s then finished the same way as indirect veneers, using light to set the veneers in place.

Take The First Step to a Beautiful Smile

Stop waiting around and take the first step to achieve your dream smile today. All you need to do is book a consultation with our team and they’ll be able to help you begin planning the perfect smile transformation to compliment your face. Take the first step today, contact us to book an appointment.