Composite Veneers

Composite Veneers (or composite bonding) are used to improve the colour, shape, position, alignment, and in certain cases, the texture of teeth to make them more aesthetically pleasing and attractive. Normally they can be completed in one visit and require little or no preparation (drilling) to the teeth meaning they are less destructive and more preservative than conventional porcelain veneers which require the tooth to be cut down before placement. Dr Dominic Wyatt has a deep understanding, knowledge and experience of the nature of the procedure and has applied this to many cases already with excellent results.

Normally you would need to see Dr Wyatt in person for a detailed assessment of your bite and how the teeth come together in function to make sure you’re suitable to have the composite veneers placed and to improve the chances of the long term lifespan being predictable. Certain cases may not be viable for cosmetic improvement using composite veneers, for example if your teeth are too far out or protruding,  these cases would need tooth reduction to bring the teeth inwards to look less prominent, thus defeating the preservative nature of composite veneers as a treatment option. Each case needs to be assessed and planned based upon individual merits. It is also crucial to attend an initial assessment so Dr Wyatt can gauge exactly what your treatment expectations are, the final outcome and look you want your veneers to take and to subsequently advise on how achievable this is or whether some compromises would need to be met. Sometimes you may be advised that the teeth are so far out of line to obtain a favorable result, that it may be beneficial to undergo some orthodontic treatment first to align the teeth and then to use the composite veneers to tweak the final look of your smile. This may also be carried out in conjunction with tooth whitening prior to the final placement of the composite veneers.

Before & After Composite Veeners - Case 1

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Before & After Composite Veeners - Case 2

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After being assessed at an initial consultation with Dr Wyatt you would then work out what was right for you and whether what you were looking for could be achieved. Whitening options would be discussed, and if applicable be carried out prior to embarking on composite veneer placement so the final veneer shade can be determined before placement. At the final visit, that typically takes a couple of hours, your teeth will be prepared and white filling material, (composite) applied to your teeth to skillfully shape them individually and to align the smile to the desired effect. This is normally a pain free procedure and requires no anesthetic. Teeth can built outwards where they are too far back or made to look straight where they or twisted or even thickened to make hidden teeth more noticeable and create a wider, straighter smile. The beauty of the composite veneers is that at each stage, you the patient can have an input and converse on how you want the teeth to look, maybe you want the teeth a little shorter, or maybe a little softer and rounded. Either way we will carry out everything possible to try and create the desired effect. Sometimes, prior to building the teeth up, opposing teeth may need to be polished down slightly to make space to lengthen or build out the teeth to be veneered, you would be advised on this beforehand, and quite often as a by-product the opposing teeth will also take a straighter form, this normally gives very minimal damage and limited tooth surface loss keeping the whole procedure minimally invasive and thus keeping the teeth in a healthy, vital state, something that other procedures such as porcelain veneers or crowns cannot achieve .

Before & After Composite Veeners - Case 4

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Before & After Composite Veeners - Case 6

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Roughly the composite veneers will last 4-8 years depending on how well you look after them. Sometimes they stain, but the staining can usually be polished out at the hygienist or surface stain lifted by using whitening products. Sometimes the veneers can chip, but they can quite easily be repaired using the same technique used to place the full initial veneers. This is another advantage over porcelain veneers that would require the whole veneer to be removed, further preparation carried out and damage done to the tooth. To help protect your veneers Dr Wyatt will advise on after care and may recommend that a soft splint or gum shield be worn at night time on the opposing teeth to help protect and safeguard the composite veneers and help make your new perfect smile last as long as possible. The whole process can be reversed and the veneers removed to leave your old teeth again although it may damage the teeth slightly and can be quite time consuming and lead to additional costs.

Dr Wyatt has 5 years’ experience in carrying out composite veneer placement, a skill that not many dentists can produce well and consistently with excellent results. He has treated many patients from all over the country and has a large portfolio of work. He would very much like to see and welcome you to Rose Lane and carry out a consultation and advise whether you are suitable and whether your treatment expectations can be met.

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