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What are Composite Veneers?
Composite veneers are a minimally-invasive type of tooth covering made using composite resin. The composite sits on top of your existing teeth, helping to shape the teeth into a more desirable appearance.
Composite veneers are now increasingly popular and is seen as a more preserving the tooth. There are cases in which composite veneers may not be the best choice. The dentist would be happy to discuss this with you.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are essentially tooth-shaped ‘covers’ that go over the entire front surface of the teeth. They are usually made from thin porcelain (as the name suggests).
For preparation, your dentist will need to adjust your existing teeth in order to fit the veneer cover over the front surface. The dentist will then make impressions of your teeth and send them off to a lab to make the veneers. In the meantime, you will be given temporary veneers to wear. Once your veneers are ready, they will be applied with an adhesive glue.
How do you maintain them?
Both composite bonding and porcelain veneers have similar maintenance involved. Firstly, you should always practice proper oral health by brushing twice daily with a dentist-approved toothpaste, flossing, and using mouthwash. You should also make sure to see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
Secondly, try not to chew on anything hard, such as ice or boiled sweets. This can actually damage the veneers and cause them to crack in the very same way that it can damage your real teeth. Try to avoid using your teeth as tools for this reason, too.
Veneers can stain just like your natural teeth can, so you may want to limit or avoid dark-coloured food and drink wherever possible to keep them looking sparkling clean. We also advise against smoking.
Finally, address any ongoing issues that you may have that could damage the veneers, such as bruxism (teeth grinding). Bruxism can wear away the veneers over time and also wear away the enamel on your natural teeth.
Can you remove them?
With composite veneers, the process is minimally-invasive and the composite can be removed in the future, returning the tooth to its original shape. This makes it an ideal solution for those who would like to improve the appearance of their teeth without having to alter the permanent shape or size of them.
Porcelain veneers cannot be removed, as the teeth have been prepared and permanently reshaped. The only time in which porcelain veneers should be removed is when they are being replaced with new veneers.