If you have a damaged tooth, or teeth with significant cosmetic issues, you may assume multiple procedures will be necessary to improve your smile. However, we have cosmetic procedures that can actually address a number of different esthetic concerns. Which option will work best for you? Do you need bonding or veneers to address your cosmetic smile issues?
When a tooth becomes chipped you my feel uncomfortable with your tooth’s appearance. However, unlike teeth stains, a chipped tooth can pose a danger to your smile. Damage may allow bacteria to reach the inner dentin, allowing cavities to form. Over time, a cavity can increase the risk of a serious infection, which threatens the stability of your tooth. As a result, we suggest having damaged teeth addressed as soon as possible.
Dental bonding is a composite resin we apply to a tooth in several layers. We then sculpt the tooth as the material cures under a light. Finally, the tooth is polished for a natural looking appearance. We use bonding to repair chipped teeth, mask discoloration, and close gaps between teeth. The entire procedure only takes a single visit.
Veneers are actually restorations. Very thin shells of porcelain will be placed onto the front of the teeth, altering the tooth’s appearance. Made from porcelain, the restorations mimic the appearance of tooth enamel and are stain-resistant. We can use them to mask teeth stains, close gaps between teeth, reshape malformed/damaged teeth, and correct the appearance of minor misalignment. Placing one typically takes about two visits. If you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry, or if you would like to learn more about bonding or veneers, then please contact our office today.