Cosmetic Dentistry – Bonding & Veneers

November 13, 2014

We are going to tell you about bonding and veneers. Both the treatments are related to cosmetic dentistry and either of them can enhance your smile.

Bonding

If you have excess space between your teeth, or if your teeth are broken, chipped, cracked, or stained, bonding may help improve them. Cosmetic dentists even use bonding material to protect the exposed root of a tooth or fill small cavities.

Bonding treatment can usually be carried out in a single office visit. During the

treatment, your dentist will apply an etching solution,

which is then followed by tooth-colored materials on the tooth’s surface. Sometimes, composite resins may also be applied to the tooth’s surface.

Bonding could last for several years; however, it is more likely to become stained or chipped than any other types of restorations.

Veneers

Veneers are custom shells (commonly made from porcelain or plastic) that cover the front surface of the teeth. They are applied to change the color and/or shape of teeth. Applying veneers can improve teeth that:

•    Are permanently stained
•    Are slightly crooked
•    Are poorly shaped
•    Have become chipped or worn
•    Have gaps between them

Veneers are comparatively less expensive than crowns. They are also long lasting and have better color stability than bonding.

Before applying veneers, your dentist will first take an impression of your tooth. Then he or she will prepare your tooth before cementing the veneer in place. Often a beam of light will be used to harden the cement that secures the veneer to your tooth.

In case of porcelain veneers, you will need to take a second visit to the dentist to have them inserted. This is because porcelain veneers are made in a laboratory based on your unique tooth pattern.

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