Composite bonded veneers use an aesthetic, tooth-coloured resin material to partially or fully cover the visible part of the tooth. They can be applied to individual chipped or broken teeth, or across many teeth to produce a wider uniform improvement.
Typically, the tooth surface is initially cleaned and polished. Any existing visible fillings may have to be removed or reduced. After polishing, a gel is applied to the enamel before the dental bond (glue) is placed. This bond is set using a strong blue light, before the composite material is built on to the tooth enamel, often in layers with each layer being set individually with the light.
Each veneer is then shaped and polished, before the process continues on the next tooth.
In most cases, composite veneers are applied with no obvious drilling to the natural tooth enamel. In some cases where there is existing large tooth position problems, then the option of some tooth adjustment will be discussed with you at your consultation if it will result in an improved final alignment. For cases that require tooth adjustment, you will be advised beforehand and any alternative solutions (braces) will be offered as an option.
The great majority of all cases are completed pain-free and without the need for local anaesthetic. Exceptions to this are when we are combining treatment with some filling replacements, or situations requiring gum-contouring.
As with any changes to the teeth, the composite veneers will feel new and you may feel aware of the surfaces for a few days. During this period, you should take extra care on biting until you are used to chewing with your new smile. The composite resin is fully hardened instantly on placement, and no particular extra care need be taken in this respect. You should be able to eat, drink, brush and floss with confidence the same day!
We usually request that you arrange a follow-up appointment within the next month after you have your veneers placed. This will allow us to confirm you have had no difficulties, and will also allow us to advise you on any ongoing home care. At this appointment, there may be small adjustments requested or required, before a final polish is carried out.
You should brush your veneers as normal the same day, and at least twice daily from then on. Care should be taken to ensure the edges at the gum line are cleaned well to prevent any staining or gum irritation. Flossing is advised, as is the use of a routine daily mouthwash (e.g. Listerine Total). We recommend brushing with a good electric toothbrush (e.g. Braun OralB or Philips Sonicare), together with a main brand fluoride toothpaste.
If you have been advised and provided with a nighttime protector against tooth grinding, this should be routinely worn, and should be brought with you at any subsequent appointments to allow us to review any potential problems.
Many cases may be provided with a ‘retainer’ after treatment. This is a very thin, clear plastic nighttime appliance worn to prevent any movement of your underlying natural teeth. If not regularly worn, your veneered teeth would apparently move out of alignment. The retainer will also help prevent against any damage caused by sleep tooth grinding. It is usual to need a new retainer every couple of years.
Although composite cannot actually be whitened, stain reduction is improved with careful daily cleaning, and occasional use of dental whitening products.
Teeth whitening on any teeth planned to be left untreated is usually carried out before the bonding appointment, and the veneer shade can be chosen later. The most suitable system to whiten your teeth will be discussed at your consultation. All whitening results WILL NATURALLY FADE, and occasional whitening top-ups may be required using home use products.
Any tooth whitening products MUST BE AVOIDED on teeth that are to be bonded FOR AT LEAST 10 DAYS leading up to your veneer placement, as the whitening products may affect the strength of the bond. This would result in early failure of the veneer.
As with any cosmetic dental procedure, composite veneers will not last forever, and will eventually need replacing. Reasons for replacing may include chipping, colour fade, natural underlying tooth movement, or veneer loss. Composite veneer removal must be carried out carefully and using magnification to prevent any damage to the natural enamel. Further veneers may then be placed, or other treatment choices sought at that stage.
Early replacement risk factors include tooth grinding, accidental damage, poor daily hygiene routines or tooth movement due to retainer not being worn.
Typically, we see good results of up to 5 years, dependent upon care. Any problems encountered during the life of the veneers should be brought to our attention as soon as is practical, to allow advice and necessary action to resolve the issue.
Composite veneers cover the entire surface of the fronting and edge of your teeth. These are usually directly bonded 'free hand' on to your teeth to give the illusion of a more aligned 'perfect' smile.
Composite bonding is typically only added to a part of your tooth, creating length if required or restoring tooth fractures or chips. Bonding does not cover the full surface of the tooth.
Yes. The consultation stage is key for planning, it enables the team to get to know you, learn about you and how you would like to achieve your smile makeover. It provides the opportunity to take impressions, measurements and radiographs where necessary for planning and provide you with all the treatment outcomes and options available to you, along with an exact treatment plan and cost estimate.
To book a consultation you can directly contact the clinic via telephone in Manchester on 0161 748 5250 or London 0203 904 7655 and request an appointment with myself.
Paying for all of your dental treatment upfront can be difficult. To help, we offer 0% finance plans. Interest free credit and low cost payment plans are a great way to spread the cost of your treatment over an agreed period of up to 24 months to fit your budget. Monthly repayments costs are entirely dependent on the unique treatment plan provided for you at your dental consultation. Finance options are subject to the usual credit checks.
We also offer a 5% discount option for payments upfront.
Pricing can be found on the individual service list pages. Be aware, pricing may differ from person to person as each treatment plan is tailored to suit individual needs and requirements.