This patient wanted to improve the colour of her teeth and increase the appearance of their size. Composite veneers to ten upper and ten lower teeth dramatically improved the appearance of the teeth in size, shape and colour.
Versatile Bonding Used to Create Composite Veneers and Edge Bonding
Composite Bonding is an amazing treatment option for restoring and repairing chipped, cracked and worn teeth to dramatically improve the health, function and appearance of your teeth, all in a single visit!
Before and After
This patient was unhappy with chipped, discoloured, and uneven teeth. Composite veneers to eight upper and eight lower teeth transformed his smile, whitening the teeth and improving their shape and size.
The patient was generally happy with her teeth shape but wanted to lift her smile. Edge bonding treatment was used to improve the size and height of her teeth, and to generally neaten their edges.
Composite veneers use composite bonding to cover and reshape the whole tooth. Our principal dentist, Melbourne Carew, has extensive experience in this area and individually hand-sculpts each tooth, he then polishes the veneers extensively until they are smooth and gleaming. The result is a beautiful smile with the look, feel and function of natural teeth.
Composite veneers are able to mask the shape, colour, and alignment of your teeth. We place the bonding directly onto your teeth and the treatment requires no preparation. Thus, injections are not required and generally the whole procedure can be completed in a single visit. However, if your teeth are crowded or mis-aligned we may recommend short-term orthodontic treatment prior to composite veneers in order to achieve the best results.
Depending on the width of your mouth 8-10 teeth on each of the upper and lower arches will be visible when you smile. These are the teeth that should be treated with composite veneers. The majority of patients choose to have all visible upper teeth treated, whereas teeth on the lower arch are more case specific. Depending on your smile and desired outcome you may wish to have the lower teeth treated with composite veneers to match the uppers. However, you may wish to forgo composite veneers to the lower arch if these teeth are less visible, or a nice shape and in good condition. These lower teeth can then be treated with teeth whitening, to help them match in with the whiter composites on your upper teeth.
What They Can Do
Composite veneers are normally completely reversible as the treatment does not require preparation of the teeth (unlike the extensive preparation required for porcelain veneers). So long as you maintain good oral hygiene, with routine toothbrushing and flossing, no special maintenance is required. Additionally, you are able to eat and drink whatever you wish, as most foods have no detrimental effects on the composites.
Please note however, smoking can cause staining and regular smokers often find their composite veneers need more frequent polishing to remove these stains.
With good oral hygiene composite veneers regularly last for many years. Notwithstanding, composites are not as hardwearing as porcelain veneers and can chip from time to time, if this occurs the composite veneers can easily be repaired and repolished.
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This treatment is very similar to composite veneers however the composite bonding is only applied to the tips of the teeth. Patients choose this treatment when they are happy with the alignment, colour and shape of their teeth, yet wish to neaten the tips. Tips often have chips or uneven edges, and the composite bonding is applied to give a uniformity to the teeth and to lift the smile.
Our principal dentist, Melbourne Carew, uses his extensive experience of working with composite bonding materials to expertly blend the composite with the natural teeth for flawless results. Please read the above section on composite veneers for further information about the process and durability of composite bonding, as this is the same for edge bonded teeth.
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