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Componeers: How Do They Work?

Componeers: How Do They Work?

If you’re looking for a beautiful smile makeover, there is a simple, fast and convenient solution with Componeers. Our own Dr. Cindy Brayer recently sat down with Bloom host Gayle Guyardo to talk about what Componeers are and how they work.

Componeers are composite veneers that are custom-fitted and bonded directly to your teeth to correct cracks, discolorations, or misalignments. They are created in a machine and pressed to remove any air bubbles. This unique process means that they are stronger, less prone to fracturing, and more stain-resistant than traditional porcelain veneers.

In keeping with her conservative treatment approach, Dr. Brayer often uses Componeers to help her patients achieve their dream smile makeovers. When asked what she liked best about Componeers, Dr. Brayer explained:

“There are many things I love about [Componeers]. But the one thing that I think is most important to me is that it’s noninvasive, which means we do not touch the tooth structure. We don’t grind on it, we leave it alone, and we just put the Componeer right on top of it. And it’s very thin – point three millimeters thick – so, therefore, it doesn’t look thick or bulky.”

The Componeer Smile Makeover Process

Our patients are often surprised to learn just how easy and quick the process of applying Componeers actually is. The first step, of course, is the cosmetic consultation where we evaluate the patient’s teeth and talk with them about what they want to improve in their smile. If Componeers are a good fit, then we talk with the patient about the overall look, tooth shape, shade, etc., and order the Componeers.

Sometimes a patient will decide that they want whiter teeth, in which case, we will do teeth whitening first and then order a lighter shade of Componeers to match.

When the Componeers are ready, the patient comes into the office where we will first place the Componeers over the teeth to make sure they fit properly. Next, we etch the surface of the tooth and apply the bonding agent to the Componeer. Then we place it on the tooth and press it into place, smooth off any rough edges, and remove any excess composite material. After that, we cure the tooth with a light-curing unit and smooth and polish in between the teeth to make sure the patient will be able to floss. Lastly, we check to make sure the patient’s bite is good and then come back in with a final polish to make sure everything is smooth and ideal. The entire application process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours depending on the number of Componeers being placed.

Fixing a Broken or Chipped Componeer

Although Componeers are more durable than traditional porcelain veneers, accidents do happen where a patient bit into something too hard and chipped a Componeer. Fortunately, it’s an easy fix as Dr. Brayer explains:

“So that has happened a couple of times. We had one patient who bit into a crab claw, literally, and broke off half of her Componeer. So we went back and we bonded it for her and we fixed it. It doesn’t take more than a few minutes to fix the Componeers.”

If you are interested in a noninvasive smile makeover and would like to see if Componeers are a good fit for you, give us a call at 727-323-0377 (St. Petersburg) or 727-791-8823 (Clearwater) to schedule your consultation today.

Creating Smiles is one of Pinellas County’s leading providers of cosmetic and general dentistry services, including
Invisalign, teeth whitening, dental implants, and oral cancer screenings. To schedule your in-office or virtual new patient consultation please call our St. Petersburg office (727-323-0377) or Clearwater office (727-791-8823).