Veneers & Bondings
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that is applied to the front surface of a tooth, similar to how a false fingernail is applied to a nail. Instead of porcelain, a natural-color “composite” material is sometimes used.
When would I need a veneer?
Your teeth’s color, shape, and position can all be improved with veneers. A specific porcelain shade can be chosen to improve the color of a single discolored tooth or to lighten your front teeth. A veneer can restore the appearance of a chipped tooth.
A thicker section replaces the broken part of the tooth, and the porcelain covers the entire front of the tooth. When orthodontics (braces) are not an option, veneers can be used to close small gaps. A veneer can sometimes be used to align one tooth that is slightly out of alignment with the others.
What are the advantages of veneers?
Veneers offer teeth a more natural and healthy appearance. They require very little tooth preparation because they are very thin and are held in place by a special, strong adhesive. Some veneers don’t need to be prepared at all.
How long will it take?
A veneer requires at least two visits. The first step is to prepare the tooth and match the shade, followed by fitting it. Your dentist will show you the veneer on your tooth before bonding it in place to make sure you like it. A special adhesive is used to bond a veneer to the tooth, keeping it tight in place.
What happens after the veneer is fitted?
After the veneer has been installed, only minor adjustments can be made. It’s usually best to wait until you’ve gotten used to it before making any changes. A week or so after it is installed, we will check and polish it to ensure that you are happy with it.
How long will a veneer last?
Veneers are meant to last a long time, but they can chip or break just like your natural teeth. Small chips can be repaired, and if necessary, a new veneer can be installed.
Tooth bonding is a procedure in which we use a tooth-colored composite resin to repair one or more of your teeth. It’s a cost-effective solution because it’s much less expensive than crowns and veneers, for example. A cosmetic dental procedure like tooth bonding can give you the confidence to show off your pearly whites if you have a chipped, cracked, or discolored tooth. Tooth bonding is a less invasive cosmetic dental procedure than other cosmetic dental procedures. This procedure is so simple that it usually doesn’t require anesthesia unless you’re filling a cavity, and it doesn’t require multiple visits.
Why get teeth bonding?
Tooth bonding can be used to correct a flaw or imperfection in a tooth. Bonding can be used to repair a decayed, cracked, or discolored tooth in some cases. Small gaps between teeth can also be closed with this procedure.
Tooth bonding can also be used to enlarge a tooth. For instance, perhaps one of your teeth is shorter than the others, and you want them all to be the same length.
Bonding is a quick and painless procedure with no downtime. You can resume your normal daily routine after the procedure if you do not need anesthesia.
Tooth bonding takes 30 to 60 minutes on average. Based on the extent of the procedure, some appointments may take longer.
Are there any risks of teeth bonding?
There are no significant risks related to dental bonding. It’s important to remember that the composite resin used in this procedure isn’t as strong as your natural teeth.
It’s possible that the material will chip or come loose from your natural tooth. A crown, veneer, or filling, on the other hand, is less likely to chip or break.
If you eat ice, chew on pens or pencils, bite your fingernails, or bite down on hard food or candy, your bonded tooth may chip.
In addition, the resin is less stain-resistant than other dental materials. If you smoke or drink a lot of coffee, you may develop some discoloration.
How to care for bonded teeth
Taking care of your teeth can help a bonded tooth last longer. Self-care advices include:
- brushing at least two times a day and flossing at least once a day
- avoiding hard foods and sugary treats
- avoiding nail biting
- To avoid stains, avoid coffee, tea, and tobacco for the first two days after the procedure
- Having regular dental cleanings every six months.
If you chip or break the bonding material, or if you feel any sharp or rough edges after the procedure, please let us know.