Veneers are thin layer of coverings that can really transform anyoneâ€™s smile into a dazzling one. Veneers are used to restores many dental damages to the front teeth. A patient can option have a single veneer or a multiple of veneers depending on the number of damaged tooth or teeth.
Composite veneers coat the surface of teeth to change the color of the tooth as well as the position or the shape. Adding composite material to tooth structure enhances tooth appearance and size. The procedure often requires tooth reduction to allow placement of the composite veneer. The amount of reduction needed to be done depends on the position of the natural tooth in relation to the aspired position and color of tooth structure based on the thickness of composite materials needed to block out the natural color.
Composite veneers are commonly called composite resin veneers. Resin is a material used for filling and it can be made to resemble the natural tooth color or can also be made a little brighter if the problem is stained tooth. It is a plastic like material that is also used to hide tooth fillings and can be modified to totally cover a tooth when used to fabricate veneers that gives the teeth a totally whole new and brighter look.
It is actually very possible to get composite veneer placements in one sitting. Composite veneer installation can de done with in-chair time of 3 hours or less, depending on the required work which usually goes to the preparation.
The small length of time is possible because composite veneers are normally recommended for smaller dental issues such as minor tooth gaps or tooth chips. Composite veneers are not suitable to be used for a total restoration or a complete smile makeover because they do not have the translucent components of porcelain. Porcelain has a more natural look and is used for major restoration procedures.
Composite veneers also only have a few years of service and they will have to be replaced with a new set of veneers after a few years. Another set back of choosing composite veneer over porcelain veneers is that composite materials are more prone to stain therefore they need regular maintenance.
The advantage though of having composite veneer placements is that it costs at least 20 percent lower than porcelain veneer placements. Composite veneers are also usually cover by medical or dental insurance wherein at least 80 percent of the total cost will be deducted from the price that the patient will pay.
Another big difference between composite veneers and porcelain veneers is that composite placements is fabricated inside the mouth by the cosmetic dentist that is why it can be done in one clinic sitting, while porcelain veneers are fabricated at a dental laboratory by a technician and then installed in place by the dentist.
The choice for composite veneer is usually based on the cost rather than the benefits. For most people, especially for those who only have small front tooth problems, composite veneers are the best and affordable option.