Composite Veneers

Rediscover Love for Your Smile With Composite Veneers

Are you ready to smile with complete confidence? Rediscover the love you have for your smile with composite veneers. Learn all about this cosmetic dental treatment with our dentist in Wasilla below.

What Are Composite Veneers?

Composite veneers, also known as dental composites or direct veneers, are tooth-colored resins applied to the front surface of teeth. This cosmetic dental procedure is used to improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, discolored, misshapen, or gapped. They’re cost-effective, durable, and naturally beautiful.

Direct Composite Veneers

Direct composite veneers are materially made of composite resin and applied directly to the teeth. It doesn’t take long for a dentist to prepare your teeth for the application of the veneers, and it’s a minimally invasive process.

Indirect Composite Veneers

Indirect composite veneers use the same material as direct composite veneers, but the veneers are custom created before placement. You’ll receive a temporary set of veneers while you wait for the creation of your permanent veneers.

dentist matching the shade to porcelain veneers

Composite Veneers Benefits

Benefits of composite veneers include:

  • Less tooth enamel is removed than porcelain veneers
  • The process can be completed in one visit to your dentist
  • They’re more affordable
  • If damaged, they can be repaired easily
  • Can correct various aesthetic problems, such as gaps, chips, and discoloration

Composite Veneers Procedure

The composite veneers procedure can be completed in just one visit to the dentist. You’ll experience the following:

  1. Your dentist will start by cleaning your teeth and preparing them for veneer application. They may need to remove a thin layer of your enamel to help the material stick to your teeth.
  2. If you’re receiving direct veneers, the dentist will etch the enamel of your teeth to help with adhesion. Then, they’ll apply the adhesive to glue to help the composite material stick to your teeth. Very thin layers of the material are added to the surface of the teeth.
  3. The dentist will “cure” or quickly harden the layers of composite resin with light. You’ll be able to pick the shade or color you want for your veneers.
  4. With indirect veneers, your dentist will take a mold or digital impression of your teeth after the teeth have been prepared. Your veneers will be created in a lab, and in the meantime, you’ll be fitted with temporary veneers.
  5. When your permanent veneers are ready, the dentist will apply them by etching your teeth and then applying a type of adhesive material to your teeth. The adhesive will help the veneers stay in place.
  6. Your composite veneers will be placed on your teeth and you’ll have a brand new smile.

Caring for Composite Veneers

Maintaining your composite veneers is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. To increase the longevity of your veneers, do the following:

  • Brush and floss regularly
  • Avoid stain-causing food and drinks
  • Consistently visit your dentist for checkups and dental cleanings
  • Avoid hard foods and bad habits, such as chewing ice
man visiting the dentist

Frequently Asked Questions

Can composite veneers be whitened?
How long do composite veneers last?
Is it hard to eat with composite veneers?
Can composite veneers be whitened?

No, composite veneers cannot be whitened. If you’re looking for a teeth whitening treatment, be sure to tell your dentist before receiving veneers. 

How long do composite veneers last?

With proper care, composite veneers typically last between five and seven years. However, they may need minor repairs during this period. 

Is it hard to eat with composite veneers?

Composite veneers shouldn’t hinder your biting and chewing in any way or impact the way you eat foods. Once veneers are placed, they’ll be durable and strong. 

Reclaim Your Smile Confidence!

Ready to smile and feel good doing it? Learn more about composite veneers and other cosmetic dentistry options. To schedule a consultation with our Wasilla dentist, contact Northwind Dental today by calling (907) 373-2440.

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