I need information on what direct composite veneers technique will work best to hold best. I’ve been looking at a couple of different options online and they appear to be using the same photos, but call the product by different names. In some of the listings, it says they’re “dental porcelain veneers,” but the other calls them “dental resin veneers” which would make them the composite ones, correct?
The listings talk about how they work and cautions to go into the dentist if they crack, but it doesn’t talk about what to attach them with. I’d assume if they can crack and stay on, we’re talking super glue here, right? I’ve tried contacting the sellers of these and have not heard back. I’m attaching screenshots from the ones being sold on an auction site that says they’re porcelain, but the exact same images also appear on eBay and it says they’re resin there. I’m not sure if the material changes which glue is best or if there’s a special direct composite veneers technique I should be using to make sure they stay on.
Direct composite veneers techniques come into play with veneers that are placed directly on your teeth by a dentist. They are made with composite resin versus porcelain, but they go on as a soft material, which are then contoured to match the ideal shape of your tooth, and then hardened or cured in place. Those produce beautiful natural-looking results and are safe.
What you’re talking about is different, and in short, should not be glued to your teeth at all. Ever. It’s a bad idea that could ruin your smile and your teeth.
Issues with Mail-Order Veneers
Looking at the ad you shared (posted here for other readers), there are lots of concerns with what they’re claiming.
Gum Protection: These don’t protect your gums at all, but they could actually hurt them. It’s unclear why they mention it, let alone preventing “gum collapse.” However, if something like this is adhered, it can create an area for bacteria to thrive, contributing to gum disease.
Beauty: This is questionable at best. They aren’t designed to fit you, so they won’t be the right size and will look unnatural and bulky.
Pulp Protection: If you add a layer, it can insulate the tooth, but it’s really concerning that they’d advocate adhering these because they won’t sit flush and will likely allow things to leak under them and collect debris on the edges, resulting in decay.
Stable Teeth: These won’t stabilize your teeth, but if they’re put on wrong, they can change how you bite and push your teeth out of alignment and/or cause permanent damage to the teeth and pulp.
No Regulatory Approval
Most modern governments have regulations regarding medical devices and materials. That ensures the products have been tested and are safe to use as directed. These don’t have any kind of oversight and would likely be removed from sale if regulatory bodies caught wind of what they were selling and claiming.
Unknown Origins and Materials
You’re right. These same photos have been used repeatedly across several different sites and have multiple product descriptions. Not only is it impossible to tell what they’re really made of, but there’s no telling where they were manufactured or under what conditions. That’s more than a little frightening.
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