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Dental Veneers Offer !

Cosmetic composite build-up from £295*

E-Max veneers from £600*

FREE TEETH WHITENING
(with 4 or more veneers)

Late evening & Weekend appointments
Treatment by Experienced cosmetic dentists
4 London Locations

* Price quoted is per veneer / unit

Composite veneers

Dental composite is made of synthetic resin combined with other dental restorative materials. It is used as an alternative to amalgam and is ideal for the creation of dental veneers, being that it is able to restore, reshape and mask teeth.

People suffering from chipped, damaged, crooked, misaligned or irregularly spaced teeth can benefit from composite veneers. They will be bonded to the front of the teeth to improve tooth colour, size and shape. Not only do patients benefit from the aesthetics of composite veneers, but the structural enhancement is also a facilitator of improved oral function and good oral health.

The role of the dental clinician

Creating composite veneers to match the shade of a patient's teeth, and enhance tooth shape and size, requires artistic and technical skill. Dentists also need to be experienced with composite dental materials and understand how best to use them for restorative purposes.

The teeth are prepared first to ensure the veneer and tooth bond completely, after which the composite dental material is sculpted into the ideal tooth shape and structure. Selecting the right tooth shade, and moulding the material to suit patient-specific oral contours, requires a trained technician with a thorough understanding of facial and tooth morphology.

Patients can decide if a dental clinician is right for them by researching the reputation of the practice, the clinician's qualifications, how many years experience they have in crafting composite veneers and examples of their prior work.

When are Composite Veneers appropriate?

The beauty of composite veneers is that they can be used to treat a variety of dental conditions. Composite veneers are a good choice for patients with damaged, crooked and stained teeth, and teeth with irregular gaps.

Damaged teeth and Composite Veneers

Teeth can become damaged and chipped over time. This is sometimes due to enamel erosion caused by the food we eat or lifestyle practices, but contact sports and injury can also damage teeth, as can poor oral hygiene. Dental composite can easily restore damaged and broken teeth. According to the fracture or chip's size, composite veneers can work to strengthen the tooth structure and create a natural appearance. Composite fillings and veneers are considered an affordable option in tooth restoration.

Crooked teeth and Composite Veneers

Crooked teeth can cause dental misalignment, which affects the bite, has oral complications and can also affect how a patient eats and speaks. Orthodontic treatment can be appropriate in certain situations, but for milder cases composite veneers are ideal. They can fully correct mild teeth misalignment, and are also able to be combined with orthodontic treatments.

Composite veneers can re-sculpt the teeth to a natural white, symmetrical look, enhancing the smile and boosting self-confidence. They can be used for fast yet effective results, providing the patient with glowing results in as little as one visit.

Stained teeth and Composite Veneers

Teeth can become stained and discoloured as a result of daily activities, such as drinking tea, coffee and red wine. Smoking, chewing tobacco and certain medication can also have implications on the colour of teeth. Composite veneers can offer aesthetically pleasing results in very little time. At Baker Street Dental Clinic we pride ourselves on the variety of treatment options we provide to improve the colour, texture and shape of teeth.

Irregular teeth gaps and Composite Veneers

Many people have irregular spacing and gaps, especially between the front teeth. This can sometimes be caused by a genetic condition called diastema. While some people choose to retain the gap between their teeth, others find this uncomfortable and it has an impact on the way they look, eat and speak. Composite veneers are ideal for closing such gaps to improve teeth appearance, facial expression and dental function.

How durable are Composite Veneers?

The lifetime of composite veneers will depend on the dental materials used to craft them, the dentist's skill, and patient lifestyle and oral hygiene habits. Veneers usually last between three and ten years, depending on their quality.

Composite veneers are made from finely produced materials, which are ideal for teeth restoration and sculpting. Stain-resistant and smoothly polished, composite veneers protect existing enamel and tooth structure with enhanced facial results. They are a durable option and will be custom-made according to patient specifications.

How are Composite Veneers bonded to teeth?

Once teeth are cleaned the tooth surface is etched to ensure that the tooth and composite veneer bond completely. The teeth are then dried to remove excess moisture and saliva, before application of the bonding agent. The bonding agent usually consists of dental cement and resin.

The dental composite material is then added to the tooth in layers, restoring shape and structure. Skilfully sculpted into shape, additional dental composite is removed before the final tooth shape is smoothed and polished.

Patients are able to see before and after pictures of their teeth, so that they can see how composite veneers not only restore the health of the tooth, but also vastly improve the appearance and aesthetic quality of their smile.

Are there any alternatives?

The alternatives depend on the most appropriate treatment for the patient's needs. In some cases of more severe misalignment, patients may need orthodontic treatment like Invisalign braces to correct teeth position, alignment and bite.

The desires of our patients will always dictate the choice of treatment. Some may want a full Smile Makeover, which includes one or more care options such as porcelain veneers, teeth whitening and facial rejuvenation.

Porcelain veneers may be more suitable for severe tooth discolouration, by covering multiple teeth to give a natural white and symmetrical looking smile. The dental clinician will assess patient needs and recommend alternatives before starting any treatment.

Composite Veneers versus Porcelain Veneers

In comparing porcelain and composite veneers, the patient's needs should be met by the most appropriate treatment for them. Patients may also wish to consider the following:

  • There are more choices in tooth shades with porcelain veneers.
  • Patients can trial their look beforehand with porcelain veneers.
  • Composite veneers are quick and easy to repair.
  • Composite veneers are more gainful in terms of cost and require fewer visits.
  • Composite veneers restore damaged teeth, while porcelain veneers are more of a Smile Makeover treatment.

Porcelain veneers are not monochromatic like composite veneers and offer durability of between seven and ten years, unlike the three to ten years lifespan of composite veneers. Patients have more choices of tooth shade with porcelain veneers, and have more control over the aesthetic quality of their veneers.

Composite veneers are crafted and bonded within the mouth, not allowing patients as much involvement in the design of their smile or smile trial. However, because porcelain veneers are crafted separately from the tooth and applied in the one go, rather than in layers, patients can trial their new smile before it is permanently bonded to the teeth.

Of the two, composite veneers are the more affordable option, easily repaired in the mouth if damaged and able to achieve stunning results. Porcelain veneers are fully replaced if damaged and usually require more initial visits than composite veneers.

Composite veneers are broadly used for tooth repair and restoration, while porcelain veneers are designed to enhance a smile.


Composite dental veneers - an online guide

Baker Street

Dental Clinic

Dr Watson Chambers 102 Baker Street London, W1U 6FY

020 8563 8063

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Dental Clinic

9 Artillery Lane, London E1 7LP

0207 247 7151

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221 - 225 Old Brompton Rd, Earls Court, Kensington London SW5 0EA

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34 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DT

0207 278 6362