Dr. Lily Ling received her DMD from Tufts Dental School and completed an advanced education in general dentistry (AEGD) residency at UConn Health Center.
Sherborn Family Dental P.C.
19 N. Main Street, Suite 1B
Sherborn, MA 01770
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Componeers as an Alternative to Porcelain Veneers
Sherborn Family Dental now offers composite veneers as an alternative to traditional porcelain veneers. If you aren't familiar with veneers, they are thin shells of tooth-colored material designed to cover the front surface of teeth. Veneers are generally used to enhance your appearance. The veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
We are now offering a composite veneer system called Componeers. Componeers, manufactured in the United States by Coltene, are a prefabricated composite veneer system. Unlike with porcelain veneers which require several visits to the dentist's office (separated by time for laboratory work to fabricate the veneers themselves), the dentist can customize the Componeers in-house and deliver them to the patient in a single visit.
The pre-shaped Componeers are available in different sizes and are easy to use for single-tooth reconstruction as well as complete reconstruction in the anterior (front) region. They can be customized to individual requirements with composite at any time.
Some of the benefits of Componeers:
- quality dental restorations with excellent aesthetic results;
- less than half as expensive as porcelain veneers (due to fewer office visits and less laboratory work);
- require only one visit to complete, reducing treatment time and treatment stress;
- no impressions or laboratory work necessary;
- minimally invasive removal of tooth substance;
- repairable with the exact material that the veneers are made out of;
- polish to a high luster; and
- very stain resistant.
What are Componeers?
Componeers are polymerised, pre-fabricated nano-hybrid-composite enamel-shells, which combine the advantages of direct composite restoration with those of laboratory-made veneers. The extremely thin veneer coatings from 0.3 mm allow a high level of conservation of hard tooth substance during preparation. The shiny and naturally designed surface adds a look of vitality to the restoration.
Can Componeers be repaired if chipped or damaged?
Componeers can be quickly and easily repaired with composite, or if damaged extensively, a new Componeer. The composite materials used for any repairs are identical to the source materials so the end result of any repair is optimal. Porcelain veneers cannot be properly repaired with composite. In many cases a new restoration is required.
For more information, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ling.