Two of the most commonly used materials in creating veneers are composite resin and porcelain. A skilled cosmetic dentist use them to transform your smile into the beautiful one you’ve been dreaming of. Here’s what you need to know about direct composite veneers.
What are direct composite veneers
Direct composite veneers are thin laminate shells made of composite resin that are contoured and shaped to cover the flaws of your teeth. If your teeth are chipped, stained, misaligned or if they have gaps, dental veneers may be used to correct these problems.
Direct composite veneers are sculpted on your teeth. They don’t need to be made in an offsite lab, making it possible for your dentist to complete your treatment in just one visit. That’s an instant smile makeover!
The shaped resin is hardened with a high-intensity light and your dentist can add more layers of resin and continue to sculpt as necessary until the desired result is achieved. The resin is then polished to give it that natural appearance of teeth before bonding.
Direct veneers are less invasive and than other veneer options. Minimal prep work is required on your natural teeth—that means they are not permanently altered. The composite material cannot be removed and replaced as needed.
Direct composite veneers are more affordable than porcelain ones.
How long do direct veneers last
Composite veneers can last from five to seven years.
Not all patients are good candidates for veneers. Those with decay, active gum disease, weakened and severely malpositioned teeth might require other solutions.
If you’re trying to decide if direct veneers are the right choice for you, don’t worry. Your dentist can help you decide. Discuss with him or her what you want to achieve with your veneers and address any concerns. He or she will then evaluate and come up with a treatment plan for you that will give you the smile you’ve been dreaming of.