Veneers and Dental Bonding

Veneers

If you are striving for a flawless look but struggle with misshapen teeth, unsightly gaps, or deep discoloration, veneers may be the perfect option for you. Veneers are ultra-thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel.

Veneers offer many benefits to our patients, including:

  • The high-quality porcelain will resist staining for many years
  • The porcelain looks very natural and will blend in with your natural teeth
  • The natural porcelain color makes them essentially invisible
  • Easy to repair in comparison to other treatment options.

How does it work?

During the first visit, your teeth will be prepared for veneers by removing a thin layer of enamel from the surface of the teeth that will receive the veneers. The amount removed is as little as ½ millimeter and is comparable to the thickness of a fingernail. This is the approximate thickness of the veneers that will be placed on your teeth. At this same appointment, the dentist will make impressions of your teeth so that the laboratory can fabricate your custom veneers. We will also place temporary veneers until your permanent veneers arrive.

Your next appointment will be approximately three weeks later. This is when the dentist will place the veneers and make any last adjustments to them in color or shape. A special chemical will be used to strengthen the bond of the porcelain veneers to your teeth.

Veneers are an excellent choice to restore that natural look and color of your teeth. Let us help you get the smile you have been dreaming of! Give us a call to discuss veneers and other cosmetic dentistry options today!

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth to restore or improve a patient’s smile. Dental bonding is a quicker and more affordable alternative than veneers.

How does it work?

Dental bonding takes little to no preparation, and the use of anesthesia is often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. Your dentist will match the resin color to the shade of your existing teeth so that the bond closely matches the color of your existing teeth. The tooth is prepared by lightly etching the surface of the tooth and applying a bonding liquid. When the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and shaped by your dentist. Once the resin is set, it can be trimmed and smoothed out so that the bond gives the natural appearance of your existing teeth.

The bonding procedure typically requires between 30 to 60 minutes to complete for each tooth. Therefore, you can have a new and improved smile in one visit to the dentist. There are some considerations to have in mind before choosing bonding over veneers. Since the plastic resin used for bonding is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip or break than your natural teeth. Bonding typically lasts three to five years before it is in need of repair. We can help you decide if bonding or veneers will be better for your situation.