Full Composite Dental Veneers

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Dental veneers found their creation in Hollywood. In 1928 Dr. Charles Pincus, a California  dentist, created the first dental veneers to alter the appearance of actors’ teeth. For this reason, those early dental veneers created the look for vampires, monsters, and creatures in the movie industry.

Eventually, dental veneers offered help to anyone with defects in the appearance of their teeth. As a result, imperfect teeth that were cracked, stained, chipped, misshaped, or broken are corrected. Ultimately, an individual’s smile is restored to perfection with dental veneers.

Typically the focus of dental veneers is an individual’s anterior teeth. Specifically, anterior teeth are the ones found in the front of the mouth. In other words, these are the teeth everyone sees when a person smiles.

A poor smile can affect our self-confidence. As a result, a telltale sign of an inadequate smile is covering the mouth while smiling. Unfortunately, we can even catch glimpses of a bad smile on social media. In addition, every time we look in the mirror, we are reminded of an imperfect smile.

Sometimes, an individual may have only one or two flaws in their smile. Although the tooth or teeth in question are structurally sound and there are no cavities or need for a root canal. However, the same tooth could be more aesthetically pleasing due to its various defects.

With just a few flaws in the smile, a trip to the dentist is recommended. For this reason, visible blemishes on the smile can also indicate underlying dental problems such as decay or tooth root damage. 

Porcelain veneers v. full composite veneers

Before learning the process Dr. Sherman and Dr. Hepworth used at Whiteridge Aesthetic Dentistry, many people are curious about porcelain dental veneers. Whereas porcelain and glass-based dental veneers were the original types Dr. Charles Pincus invented, there are more modern solutions.

Porcelain dental veneers require two or three trips to the dentist. First, the tooth is scraped. Scraping entails the dentist removing a small layer of enamel from the tooth. Second, a thin shell is custom-made for size and color. Third, the shell is placed over the tooth with dental cement. 

Keep in mind that porcelain dental veneers require two or three trips to the dentist. The experience is much like receiving artificial fingernails at a nail salon. However, in the case of porcelain dental veneers, the shell covering has to be custom-made in a dental lab. 

A further drawback of porcelain veneers can be the cost. The porcelain itself is costly. In addition, there are charges for multiple office visits and the dental lab.

Full composite veneers

As mentioned, Whiteridge Aesthetic Dentistry utilizes a much more viable alternative to the porcelain veneers created in the 1920’s.

Whiteridge Aesthetic Dentistry full composite veneers usually require one visit to the office. In that one visit, full composite veneers are created. Read more about full composite veneers here.

A full composite veneer is a composite resin applied directly to the tooth. First, the dentist applies a resin cover over the tooth’s stained, cracked, or chipped area. Second, the dentist shapes and polishes the tooth to perfection. No further visits to the office are required as the full composite veneers are complete in one office visit.

The resin used in constructing a full composite veneer is created in the office. First, the exact shade and color of your tooth and surrounding teeth are matched. Then, Dr. Sherman and Dr. Hepworth skillfully apply your custom-made resin. Finally, a record of the procedure is saved for future reference.

Once placed, full composite veneers are flexible. Should they need to be repaired or replaced the office has your records on hand.  

The care for your new smile formed with a full composite veneer is the same as you would usually care for your teeth. When you return every six months for your regular dental check-up, the doctor will clean and polish them as usual. 

Can I find out what full composite veneers look like in advance?

Yes, you can. The doctor will take a digital picture of your teeth. Then, with some editing, you will receive a preview of how the tooth or teeth will appear aesthetically after the procedure. 

Will full composite veneers affect the shape of my gums?

Usually, the gums are not a factor in creating full composite veneers. However, on smaller teeth some gum contouring may be necessary. Gum contouring does not create discomfort and is performed quickly as part of the process.

Should I expect pain as full composite veneers are created?

No, this is a painless process. As mentioned, a resin is applied to the tooth. As a result, the only discomfort is opening your mouth and the sensation of a bit of pressure.

Should I brush and floss full composite veneers?

Yes, as mentioned the care for full composite veneers is the same as your routine dental hygiene, such as brushing and flossing. Also, remember visits to the dentist every six months will remain the same.

Is there anything else I need to do to care for full composite veneers?

Yes, be careful with your newly created smile. 

  • Avoid bad habits like chewing on ice or prying something open with your teeth. 
  • Also, be mindful of hard foods such as bones in meat, some nuts, or raw fruits and vegetables.
  • Finally, avoid clenching or grinding your teeth.

What about playing sports with full composite veneers?

If you play contact sports, it is recommended that you wear a mouth guard with or without full composite veneers. A blow to the mouth or face can damage your new smile.

What do I do to start the process of getting full composite veneers?

A simple phone call to Whiteridge Aesthetic Dentistry will get things going. The receptionist will schedule the next available appointment with Dr. Sherman or Dr. Hepworth. Furthermore, if you have an already scheduled appointment for a routine cleaning your doctor can make time to examine you for full composite veneers.

Whiteridge Aesthetic Dentistry’s phone number is 801-942-7770. Offices are open Monday through Thursday from 7 AM to 4 PM. 

Read more about full composite veneers here.

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