The area of dental aesthetics offers different solutions to patients depending on their needs, but also on their desires, whether based on their budget but also on other factors to consider, such as comfort, reliability or durability. In this sense, we have already talked in this blog, on different occasions, about the differences that can be found between composite veneers and porcelain veneers.
However, we have never mentioned a technique that we at Vélez y Lozano practice and that has caught the attention of our followers on Instagram: injected veneers.
Before we talk about the technique itself, and in case you have arrived here without a clear idea, let's talk a little bit about the composite.
CAN THE VENEERS BE COMPOSITE?
Yes, although most people associate veneers with porcelain and ceramic, in reality they can also be done with composite, the resin used for fillings, among other treatments.
As it is a totally mouldable material that offers a great deal of versatility, we can transform the tooth to give it the desired shape, without any type of grinding and in a single appointment.
On the other hand, they wear and stain more easily than porcelain.
AND WHAT IS INJECTED?
Injected composite veneers are so called because they are placed on the tooth thanks to a guide or mould made specifically and personally for each patient and their specific needs. This guide has holes in the lower part through which the composite is injected. This is why this is the name given to the way it is applied to the tooth.
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The splint is manufactured using 3D scanning technology and a 3D printer. Each one is personal and non-transferable, and is only suitable for a specific case.
ARE THERE ANY ADVANTAGES TO THIS TECHNIQUE?
Speed. Composite veneers require fewer appointments and less chair time than porcelain veneers, and the press-on technique speeds up the process even more. With the traditional application of composite veneers, the dentist applies them one by one manually on the tooth itself, in a way that could be called 'more artisanal'. However, with this technique, once the mould has been placed on the patient's teeth, the injection time is even faster.
Budget. The associated cost decreases with the application of this technique. To begin with, composite veneers are inherently more economical, both because of the material and because they require much less attention, dedication and appointments by the dental aesthetics specialist, and with this particular technique this cost is reduced even further, due to the fact that the appointment is also reduced in terms of time.
AND ON THE OTHER HANDS?
In addition to the disadvantages associated with composite veneers compared to porcelain veneers, such as durability, staining or the final result itself, in the case of this technique we should mention that it is less versatile than the direct application of the composite to the tooth. Although after injecting the composite, the specialist can work on the resulting veneer to modify any small detail he/she deems convenient, doing it himself/herself step by step always offers greater freedom and, therefore, usually has better results.
If you are interested in injected composite veneers, please contact us so that we can advise you on what we can do for you and your smile.