About the Procedure

Composite Veneers + Rehabilitation


About the Procedure

What are composite veneers/rehab?

  • Like all veneers, composite resin veneers are used to improve the overall appearance and functionality of teeth by changing the shape and colour of individual teeth.
  • While other types of veneer can require multiple visits to the dentist and usually involve some drilling or reshaping of existing teeth, composites usually require little to no tooth reduction during the treatment process. Which makes it minimally invasive and most conservative.
  • The composite material is usually applied to the outer surface of the tooth and moulded in to shape by the dentist, making it a fairly quick but effective treatment.
  • Not every cosmetic dentist will offer composite resin veneers, as it requires a great deal of technical skill to apply and shape the composite effectively. It’s essentially a combination of science and art, so if the dentist is not confident in their ability to shape the materials, they may not offer the treatment. Every smile is different, and it can take many years of experience to craft the materials into the ideal look and feel required from veneers.

What are composite resin veneers/rehab used for?

  • Composite veneers are used to treat multiple cosmetic and functional dental issues, including things like stained teeth, crooked teeth, fixing chipped or cracked teeth or to fill in gaps between existing teeth. More extensive wear of teeth can also be fixed by restoring the functional parameters of the mouth.
  • While more severe tooth alignment issues may need orthodontic treatments like braces or Invisalign, these treatments are often paired with composite veneers and other cosmetic treatments to help complete the perfect smile.
  • Staining is a common issue that is resolved by using composites. If the patient cannot be effectively treated with a dental clean and normal tooth whitening, composites may be used to help restore the teeth to a natural whiteness.
  • The treatment is also regularly used to help close small gaps between a person’s front teeth. If there are severe alignment issues then orthodontic treatment may be recommended, but composite veneers can work as an alternative to orthodontics or porcelain veneers.
  • When collapse of the vertical dimensions of the mouth is present composite is an affordable and durable treatment option. Done selectively, not possible with all patient cases.

How long do composite veneers/rehabilitation last?

There are multiple aspects which can affect the length of time composites will last, including:

  • Refraining from heavy occlusal loading on the veneers for example biting into an apple and chewing nuts may cause fractures.
  • The dietary habits of the patient. Selective use of highly stainable food and beverages for example, beetroot, berries, coffee, tea and red wine.
  • Functional discrepancies and habits.
  • Compliance of patient oral hygiene practices and use of protective measures as indicated by Dental Surgeon (Bite plate).
  • Regular check-ups at the Dental Surgeon or Oral Hygienist.
  • Completion of treatment plan as prescribed. Longevity of the composite veneers/rehab is only guaranteed if treatment is completed.

Incorporating these factors, the average time they will last is between 5-10 years only if treatment is completed. Repairs on fractured veneers or replacements are less expensive and invasive.

Why is composite veneers/rehab done?

Balanced functionality of the mouth is required as to prevent further damaged to the remaining tooth structure. Veneers/rehab allows us as Dental Surgeons to restore the mouth to its optimal parameters.

For example, when the back teeth are lost in the mouth, might it be the premolars or molars, balance in the back is disrupted and the remaining teeth needs to divide the occlusal force/biting strength. This is done among the remaining teeth in the mouth. If left untreated it will eventually lead to tooth wear that decreases the physical vertical height of the tooth and disrupts the balance. This wear of teeth is called attrition caused by undiagnosed bruxism in patients among other causes.

Then as seen and demonstrated by me visually in the mouth upon clinical appointment needs to be restored to its natural parameters. If not done it will lead to further damage of the jaw joint (Temporomandibular joint/TMJ) and may cause various problems in and too the joint and surrounding tissues.

Restoring the teeth to its best functional state is the aim and as a result aesthetics of the mouth is restored. Giving a functional mouth which allows for normal eating habits to occur and as result lead to an aesthetically pleasing result when smiling.

What is expected from the patient?

  • To ask questions before commencement of treatment if the prescribed treatment is not fully understood.
  • To report to us if alterations are required or irregularities are felt as the mouth will be numb. We will gladly correct or adjust if needed.
  • To understand the functional limits of the treatment.
  • Most Important to complete the treatment as prescribed in treatment discussion. Otherwise collapse of the restored oral environment will occur.
  • To wear prescribed protective gear (occlusal guard/bite plate), religiously

NB: If the treatment is not completed as planned and discussed, as well as the occlusal guard/bite plate is not worn the guarantee will be voided on the work that was done. Full charge for repairs will be allocated to delivered treatment.

This includes directly bonded and indirect veneers, implants, crowns, bridges, full- or partial dentures. This ensures a long lasting aesthetic result and more importantly a healthy functioning mouth.

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