Bonding & Veneers
Smile Enhancement with Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers can be a conservative and beautiful way of enhancing a less than perfect smile. They are very thin shells of translucent porcelain that are bonded onto the front surface of teeth to achieve a colour change, close spaces or “straighten” slightly misaligned teeth. Porcelain veneers can achieve a dramatic improvement in both appearance and function and are a long-lasting treatment option.
Composite Resin Bonding
Composite resin bonding can be used to repair chips or fractures on teeth. It involves using tooth-coloured filling material to replace the missing tooth structure. An appropriate shade of resin is chosen to match the tooth and is carefully blended onto the remaining tooth structure that has been prepared with a special bevel to hide the join. Once it is bonded into place and carefully polished, the result should be almost imperceptible. This procedure is long-lasting and a great choice for “smallish” repairs. It is also a great choice for young teeth as it is very conservative, requiring very little tooth alteration/reduction.
How Dental Bonding Works
A natural tooth is actually comprised of different layers, including the enamel and dentin. Dr. Roberts will sculpt each layer with varying translucency, shading, coloring and exquisite polishing. Applying the resin with extreme precision and using high magnification, she accurately recreates all of the unique details and nuances of your adjacent teeth.
During bonding tooth-coloured composite resin (plastic) is applied to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured or discoloured tooth. It also can be used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth. Unlike porcelain veneers, which are manufactured in a laboratory and require a customized mold and more than one appointment, bonding can be done in a single visit. The composite resin used in bonding can be shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth. The procedure is called bonding because the material bonds to the tooth. Bonding is a popular treatment option because it provides a successful attachment between the filling material and the tooth’s original enamel and dentin. It looks like the original tooth and functions like it as well. Direct composite bonding is used to recreate a smile in an additive manner, where little or no tooth reduction is needed. Direct bonding, is less costly than porcelain veneers and crowns and can be long-lasting with proper maintenance.
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