All restorative reconstruction has a lifespan. We believe that the direct resin veneers will start to look tired in 5-10 years. In this time frame, there will be surface deterioration of the resin but the bond to tooth structure should still be good. They will likely need a little re polishing throughout this time. If the patient has been happy with resin and would like to stick with resin veneers, the composite resin veneers can be renewed, again without the loss of tooth structure. If not, a transition to ceramic could be discussed. The key consideration throughout this restorative progression is that by saving tooth tissue all options remain open.
How long does it take?
To place these highly aesthetic restorations takes time. It is quicker to prepare and take impressions for a veneer, however, you need to come back for the fit appointment. The appointment for a direct veneer is longer, however the tooth is finished in the same visit. The cost is largely for the time involved.
These composites are essentially the same as those used for standard fillings, however they tend to be split into Enamel and Dentine shades, the two layers of natural tooth. This requires skill to choose and adapt the shade to your tooth. The materials are very sophisticated in colour matching, we have experience with two systems in use, Amaris (Voco) and Miris (Coltene Whaledent).
Where are these techniques used?
These techniques are incredibly useful for making minor changes or for treating teeth that “stand back” from the arch, bringing them forward to align with other teeth, mini orthodontics!
As an alternative to ceramic veneers to mask discolouration.
Minor corrections in shape.
Is there anything else I should be aware of?
These fillings may not be suitable for everyone, we can advise what teeth can and cannot be treated.
As you may have gathered, all composite restorations at some stage will need to be replaced. Having good oral hygiene will be a real boost though to helping keep your veneers in good condition, lasting longer and looking great.