Direct Composite Veneers: A Minimally Invasive Option
(BDS MSc (AES Dent))
There are many people who want to achieve a straighter, whiter smile, but have concerns that it will be a costly procedure – not only to their bank balance, but more significantly, to their natural teeth.
To achieve a straighter smile, we would first advise patients to consider having a brace fitted. However, if the length of orthodontic treatment is a concern, some patients can be offered a quicker way to achieve results – Veneers.
Veneers consist of a layer of material that is created to fit over the top or tip of a tooth or teeth to improve their appearance. Traditionally dentists would first need to make space for this cover by shaving down the tooth to make it smaller. This process removes otherwise healthy tooth tissue. However, with the advances in technology and techniques, this is no longer the case. There are now veneering options that involve only minimal preparation to the tooth, so that it is left closer to it’s natural state underneath the veneer.
Porcelain veneers are made in a laboratory and cemented into place onto the tooth. With new advancements in technology, we can now build the veneer directly on the tooth by layering it with a high-grade tooth coloured material. Called ‘Direct Composite Veneers’, this means that we can sculpt and create beautiful tooth shapes and natural looking smiles without removing any tooth tissue.
Porcelain veneers are made in a laboratory and cemented on to the tooth. With new advancements in technology, we now also have the option of building the veneer directly on the tooth by layering it with a high-grade tooth coloured material. Called ‘Direct Composite Veneers’, this means that we can sculpt and create beautiful tooth shapes and natural looking smiles with minimal intervention.
At The Raglan Suite we are dentists first and foremost and although we want people to be happy with their smile, primarily we want the teeth to be healthy and remain healthy long-term. Porcelain veneers are still an effective treatment, especially as they can now be made thinner with less need to cut down the tooth. However, Direct Composite Veneers are becoming increasingly popular as a less invasive and more financially attractive alternative.
STAGES OF TREATMENT
When considering Direct Composite Veneers as a treatment option, the initial stage a consultation. This is where we find out what your vision of a perfect smile is and how we might best achieve that for you. After that, we undertake a thorough assessment of the health and status of the patients teeth to establish exactly what treatment is required to help them achieve their ideal vision.
If the teeth and gums are healthy and suitable for Direct Composite Veneers, the initial process and long term maintenance is explained in full. The patient will be then be provided with a detailed consent form to take home and read and consider in addition to a bespoke treatment plan.
The most time consuming part of treatment is the planning. This is to ensure that it is the right procedure for the patient and that we can meet their expectations. We follow this with various stages to help the patient visualise what their smile might look like, such as flowing a tooth coloured material onto the tooth so that they have the look of veneers and an idea of how it might feel.
Once the patient is happy, the actual treatment to apply the Direct Composite Veneers is in most cases quite painless (some patients even say it’s quite relaxing!) and can be done in a single half-day appointment. During this time their new smile is built with care and by hand, like an original commissioned work of art. As it’s built, the patient has maximum input into the colour, shape and position of their new smile, allowing their own personal vision to be truly realised.
After the treatment the patient walks out of The Raglan Suite with their new smile, which we encourage them to show to as many family and friends as possible to get their response. When they return to us a couple of weeks later, we can refine their smile as they wish, adding fine detail and a high gloss polish to enhance it even further. We strongly believe that the real beauty of Direct Composite Veneers is in the detail, refined specifically to suit each individual.
At The Raglan Suite we are dentists first and foremost and although we want people to be happy with their smile, primarily we want the teeth to be healthy and remain healthy long-term. As a result, Direct Composite Veneers are becoming increasingly popular as a less invasive and more financially attractive alternative to their porcelain cousins.
The case example below allows you to see the results for yourself.
This young lady requested a natural looking beautiful smile, improving colour, shape and position of her teeth but was keen to minimise damage. Following the composite make-over, completed within a single afternoon the patient was truly delighted with her new smile.
The team at The Raglan Suite are always happy to answer any questions you may have in relation to Direct Composite Veneers or indeed any other smile enhancement techniques. They are dedicated to finding the best solution for you. Call 01423 565432 to book your complimentary consultation with a treatment coordinator. They look forward to helping you realise your vision.