26 Nov Cosmetic Dentistry: Dental Bonding vs. Veneers
Chipped or broken dentition, spotted or stain streaked teeth … these are a few of the dental maladies that might result in a visit with your cosmetic dentist to consult about a smile makeover.
During that consultation a discussion will ensue identifying the problems and the best solution that will work for you. Depending on the number of teeth involved and the severity of the condition, treatment options may vary.
This process involves the application of a composite resin (plastic) material. It is used most often to repair a chip in a tooth, modify gaps between teeth, or to blend away tooth stain.
The bonding process is typically completed in one dental visit; does not require anesthetic (unless a filling is being repaired); and provides a long lasting, permanent correction.
Your cosmetic dentist will begin by roughing up the surface of the tooth for ultimate adherence. The bonding material will be color matched to your existing shade; will be molded and shaped to the contour of the your tooth; and finally polished to match neighboring teeth. A curing light will be used to expedite hardening and treatment is concluded.
You need to be cautious about what you eat and drink for about 48 hours while the bonding material thoroughly hardens on the tooth.
Veneers are very thin shells that are made to be applied to the front of teeth requiring repair. Unlike bonding, veneers will cover the entire front of the tooth.
Porcelain veneers are ideal for broken, chipped, or uneven dentition; severe dental stain; or gaps between teeth. Teeth are prepped for veneers by removing a very thin amount of enamel from the front of teeth to be treated; impressions are taken; temporaries are applied; and the dental lab will fabricate the veneers using the instructions and shading provided by your cosmetic dentist.
When ready, temporaries are removed and veneers are tried on for fit and appearance. They will be cemented to the front of teeth and your smile makeover is completed. And while both bonding and veneers are strong, patients that habitually grind their teeth during sleep may require a night guard to protect newly repaired teeth.
To learn more about the cosmetic dental services we offer, contact the office of Dr. Philip Kozlow today.