Oftentimes, people who have discolored teeth, either by medication or excessive fluoride or stained by tea, coffee or tobacco and are already unresponsive to bleaching, want their smile or appearance improved, without having to go through the process of getting a fixed crown since it may seem unnecessary to reduce a perfectly healthy tooth in size in order for the crown to fit over it. This is where the option of getting composite veneers may be explored, wherein wafer-thin pieces of composite resin are custom-made to cover the front surface of the tooth to blend into the rest of your teeth.
Benefits of Getting Composite Veneers
The application of composite veneers is deemed less invasive than other treatments and even requires less tooth surface reduction than porcelain veneers since they are thinner before the resin-based composite veneer is bonded onto the tooth. Composite veneers also require less number of dental appointments, usually needing just one visit for the veneer to be fabricated.
Correspondingly, because of the less time it takes to fabricate, composite veneers also cost less and in the event of any damage to the veneers, these can be easily repaired and there would be no need to have the entire veneer replaced.
How to Know if Composite Veneers are Ideal for You
A single consultation with your Kennewick WA dentist Dr. Walter G. Hadley can determine if a composite veneer is appropriate for you. The dental examination may require some x-rays and possibly an impression of your mouth and teeth.
There are cases when veneering is not recommended, these being:
• When the patient has unhealthy teeth, either due to decay or gum disease, in which case the condition must be treated first before any veneering can be done
• When the teeth are weak, either because a big portion of the structure is missing or replaced by a large filling, making the teeth not strong enough to function with a veneer
• When the remaining tooth enamel is inadequate for the veneer to bond to it
• When the patient habitually clenches or grinds on their teeth which can damage the veneer, although in some cases, this has been resolved with the use of mouth guards
• When the patient does not have a stable bite