Composite Veneers in Barrie

Do you often hide your smile for fear that people will notice your chipped, discoloured, or crooked teeth? Dental veneers can conceal a wide range of dental issues and give you a much-needed confidence boost. Veneers are a great option to revitalize your smile. Whether you have gapped teeth or you want to change the overall shape of your teeth, dental veneers can dramatically improve your teeth. Porcelain or composite resin veneers are considered cosmetic treatments. Therefore, your dental insurance will likely not cover the dental work. Our composite veneers Barrie can be a good option if your teeth are in relatively good shape and you only need to improve their aesthetics. On the other hand, dental crowns are ideal if your teeth are more damaged, especially if you have a broken tooth or require dental implants.

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin porcelain or resin, custom-fit shells that our dentist places on the front of your teeth to enhance the appearance of your smile. Dental veneers can hide your chipped, stained, gaped, or crooked teeth. Placing veneers retains the natural appearance of your teeth yet makes them more attractive.

In most cases, when people talk about dental veneers, they are talking about the traditional veneers that are made of porcelain. Porcelain veneers are made from the impression of your natural teeth to ensure they are a perfect fit and to make them last longer.

On the other hand, composite veneers are made of tooth-coloured resin. Composite veneers can be easily applied to your teeth to give you a quick but attractive smile makeover.

Who Is A Candidate for Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers cover the imperfections on your teeth, giving you a bright, beautiful smile. Perhaps your teeth are stained or chipped, or the enamel on your teeth is eroded. Unlike dental crowns that are thick and cover the entire tooth, dental veneers are thin and cover part of the tooth.

Our dentist will trim your teeth before placing a dental crown, but veneers can be placed onto your teeth without trimming them.

The Common Types Of Dental Veneers

Our dentist will let you to choose from these types of dental veneers:

Direct Composite Veneers

Direct composite veneers are made from a composite resin. A dental expert applies the veneers directly to your teeth. It will not take long for the dentist to prepare your teeth for the application of composite veneers. The process of applying these veneers is also considered minimally invasive.

Indirect Composite Veneers

You are probably wondering: what is the difference between direct and indirect composite veneers? The difference is in the application process rather than the material used. When applying indirect composite veneers, our dentist prepares your teeth the same way they would for direct veneers.

Indirect veneers are custom-made outside your mouth, thus the name “indirect.” The indirect veneers can be made at our dental office or in a dental laboratory.

Before the custom indirect veneers are made, the dentist will give you a set of temporary veneers. The indirect veneers will be applied on the teeth in a subsequent dental appointment. When applying composite veneers, our dentists use a layer of adhesive.

The indirect veneers tend to be more durable than the direct ones. They can withstand fractures and abrasions, but they also tend to be more costly than direct composite veneers.

Porcelain Veneers

As their name suggests, porcelain veneers are made of porcelain. When making porcelain veneers, our dentist makes an impression of your teeth. The veneers can be made in our dental office or in a laboratory. The process of making the veneers can take a week or longer.

While you wait for the permanent porcelain veneers, you will receive a set of temporary veneers. When the permanent veneers are ready, the dentist will cement the porcelain shells to the front of your teeth and shape them to resemble your natural teeth.

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Composite Veneer Vs. Porcelain Veneer

Choosing between porcelain veneers and composite resin veneers can be a daunting process. It is crucial that you understand the benefits of both types of veneers to help you make the right choice.

Pros of Composite Veneers

·   They are more affordable

·   They can conceal numerous aesthetic issues, including discolouration, misshapen teeth, and other defects

·   They have a shorter application process, especially if you go for direct veneers

Cons of Composite Veneers

·   Compared to porcelain veneers, composite veneers are made from a weaker resin material and thus have a shorter lifespan.

·   You will need to repair or replace composite veneers more often than porcelain veneers. After some time, you will need new veneers.

Pros of Porcelain Veneers

·   Custom-made to match your teeth

·   Made of a stronger material, and thus lasts longer

·   Porcelain tends to have a more natural appearance

·   They can fix incorrectly positioned, darker-stained, or broken teeth better than composite resin veneers

Cons of Porcelain Veneers

·   The overall cost of porcelain is more than the composite veneers

·   The application of porcelain veneers requires more than one dental visit

·   Porcelain veneers can fall off, and your dentist will have to re-glue them to your teeth

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Composite Veneer Procedure

During the initial consultation, our cosmetic dentist will determine whether you are a good candidate for veneers. The dentist will clean your teeth thoroughly before applying veneers on your teeth.

Sometimes, the dentist may remove a thin layer of enamel from the front surface of your teeth to ensure the veneer adheres well. The dentist may also place the veneers without trimming the tooth enamel.

The exact procedure will depend on the type of veneers involved. Our cosmetic dentist will etch the tooth enamel before applying direct veneers to help with adhesion. Next, the expert applies adhesion to the tooth to help the veneers stick well.

Lastly, our dental professional sticks thin shells on the surface of the teeth. The next step involves using a special light to cure or harden the layers of composite resin.

Indirect veneers are fabricated outside the mouth, and when they are ready, the dentist applies them to the teeth. Like the direct veneer, the process involves etching the tooth and using adhesive to stick the resin layers.

After placing the veneers, the dental professional will cure them with a special light, a process known as dental bonding. The last step involves cleaning up the stray edges and polishing the veneers.

Most people do not require anesthesia when acquiring veneers. However, if you receive anesthesia, you should wait until the anesthesia wears off before you resume work or driving.

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The Durability of Composite Veneer

On average, composite veneers can last for five to seven years. The veneers need to be replaced after this duration. This lifespan is relatively shorter than that of porcelain veneers, which can last between 10 and 15 years. Taking proper care of your veneers can enhance their lifespan.

The best way to take care of veneers is regular brushing using nonabrasive toothpaste. You should also avoid biting hard objects. Veneers are not stain-resistant. Therefore, you should watch out for drinks like tea or coffee since they can stain the veneer.

Composite Veneer Cost

When considering the best type of veneer, cost is a factor that you will want to think about. Composite veneers can be quite costly, although they are more affordable than porcelain alternatives. The exact cost will vary depending on the type of veneer, where you live, and your dentist’s experience.

Different dentists charge different prices. More experienced experts might have more costly services, but it is best to pay more and obtain quality services.

Veneer application is a component of cosmetic dentistry. Therefore, you will likely have to pay for the treatment out-of-pocket since dental insurance does not cover it. However, your insurance can cover part of the cost if your tooth is damaged and requires additional treatment.

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We are a Family Friendly Practice

At Molson Park Dental Office, we provide comprehensive family dentistry services. Our Barrie dentists, Dr. Layth and Dr. May, work with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.


Contact Our Cosmetic Dentist Today

Dental veneers can have a significant impact on your smile. You should ensure that you fully understand your options before you decide on the veneer type or material. Our cosmetic dentist will help you weigh your options and choose the veneer that will give you a perfect smile.

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