Smile Makeover with Direct Resin Veneers

People often come into our office wanting to know how to improve their smile.

A common question is “What are veneers?” OR  “Am I a candidate for veneers?”

Porcelain Veneers vs. Direct Resin Veneers

Some people are familiar with porcelain veneers, a thin porcelain restoration that is custom made by a dental laboratory.   There is another type of veneer that many people do not know about.  It is the direct resin veneer.  Some people also call it dental bonding.   Direct resin veneers are done in one visit, by  a cosmetic dentist who hand sculpts and places composite resin directly on the tooth.  Using many shades, tints, and translucencies of composite resin, direct resin veneers can look very life-like.

When there is enough healthy tooth structure to work with, and the position of the teeth does not have to change much, direct resin veneers are an excellent option.  One of the greatest advantages of direct resin veneers is how CONSERVATIVE they are.

Direct Resin Veneer Case

Picture below is a direct resin veneer case that Dr. Berning completed during the Level 2 Post-Graduate Esthetic Dentistry Program at The University of Minnesota.  This patient was unhappy with the color and shape of his teeth, and he was becoming self conscious about it.  He just graduated with his Master’s Degree, and was a very educated, bright young man.


AFTER- an amazing transformation!

No tooth structure had to be removed (only roughened a bit) before the 6 teeth were restored with the direct resin veneers.  Many times local anesthesia is not needed.  The patient was so happy with the result– he was smiling much bigger and brighter. And his mom was so appreciative- she said, “Thank you so much for helping him smile again!”

Exceptional Dentistry provides complete family, cosmetic, and sedation dental care at 4200 Asbury Road, Dubuque, IA 52002 and serves the Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Dubuque, IA and Galena, IL areas.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ted Murray or Dr. Kristen Berning, please call 563-556-2711 or contact us online.

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