Getting an attractive smile is no longer a difficult dream, thanks to the variety of dental veneers options between composite veneers, Lumineers, and porcelain veneers, all of which treat apparent dental problems and give you results that exceed expectations, increasing your self-confidence.
Like other dental veneers, composite veneers may be suitable for one situation and not another.
Therefore, in this article, we will discuss information about resin veneers, highlighting the difference between them and porcelain veneers, for which we have allocated an article on the Opal Dental Clinics blog, for you to review.
What is composite veneer?
They are thin crusts made of a composite material called resin, which are placed on the surface of the teeth as an aesthetic restoration that will treat defects that negatively affect the shape, size, or color of the teeth.
The composite resin material is used in many cosmetic dental procedures, such as fillings and bonding of teeth, and it gives good results with ease of application, in addition to the patient’s feeling of comfort after completing the procedure due to the fact that it is minimally invasive.
Cases suitable for dental bonding
If your teeth are in relatively good condition but have defects in shape, color or size that prevent you from getting a bright smile; Composite resin veneers are the perfect solution to fixing those imperfections.
Among the defects that affect the appearance of the teeth and require the installation of “resin” veneers:
- Broken or worn teeth.
- Pigmentation and permanent stains in the teeth.
- Abnormal shape of the teeth.
- Slight malocclusion of teeth.
- Fracture or deformation of the interfaces of dental crowns and bridges.
Types of composite veneers
First – Direct resin veneer
It is a veneer made of a resin compound that the doctor places directly on the teeth, and it does not require a long time to prepare your teeth, as it is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure.
Second – Indirect resin veneer
The difference between direct and indirect veneers is the method of application, not the material, as both are made of “resin”.
The indirect veneer processing is exactly the same as the direct type processing, but the difference lies in the processing method. Where the indirect veneer is designed outside the mouth in the dental clinic or in the laboratory after taking a mold for it, to be installed later on the teeth.
Indirect composite veneers are more corrosion-resistant and fracture-resistant than the direct type, so they are at a higher cost.
Composite veneer installation procedures
- Cleaning the teeth well and prepare them for the application.
- Cutting teeth that require a change in size, but in cases that only need to cover minor defects in shape or color, they are not subject to this procedure.
- The dentist removes a thin layer of enamel, which later helps the scales stick to the surface of the tooth.
- The doctor puts an adhesive material on the teeth and fixes the thin resin scales on them, then shines a light beam on them to strengthen the layers and keep them in place, then cleans any edges or protrusions.
How to maintain composite resin veneers?
There are some ways in which you can preserve composite resin veneers and make them last longer, and they are as follows:
First, use a soft toothbrush
You should use a soft brush to clean the veneers, and avoid those with stiff bristles as the latter may result in damage to the crust or a slight receding of the gums.
Secondly, avoid toothpaste with baking soda
Despite the effective results of baking soda in cleaning teeth, it may be an abrasive to the composite resin, causing it to wear out early and change its color, so avoid using baking soda or toothpaste that contains baking soda to clean the veneers.
Third, use a polishing toothpaste
In order to keep the veneer from staining, use a polishing toothpaste of the kind made specifically for veneers, because it not only helps clean your teeth, but also polishes the crust and removes small stains in it.
Fourth – quit smoking
Smoking is a major factor in the discoloration of composite resin veneers. In order to protect your teeth from fingering, and to maintain the appearance of veneers and oral health in general, we advise you to stop smoking
The difference between composite veneers and porcelain veneers
Composite resin veneers
|Very durable||More prone to cracking over time|
|If damaged, it will be completely replaced||When damaged it can be easily repaired|
|Stain resistant and does not require regular teeth whitening||They become pigmented over time, so they need regular whitening sessions|
|It is installed in more than one session||It is usually installed in one session|
|Lasts on teeth up to 15 years||Lasts on teeth up to 8 years|
|More expensive||lower cost|
In conclusion, both types of composite veneers are effective cosmetic procedures that improve the appearance of teeth and enhance self-confidence. They are also less expensive than other types of dental veneers.
If you want to know which types of composite resin veneers are suitable for your teeth, contact us today at Opal Dental Clinics, and book an appointment with the most qualified doctors specializing in dental veneers in Turkey, to discuss the appropriate type for your case.
Edited by: Opal Dental Clinics©