For those who are unhappy with the look of their smile, porcelain veneers offer a way to easily improve a smile. They are ideal for patients who have cosmetic issues that are not impairing their bite.
Veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic material are bonded directly onto the front of your teeth, creating a dazzling, even smile. For those who don’t need full veneers, bonding or enamel shaping may be an option; or the procedures may be combined for best results.
Porcelain veneers are a suitable cosmetic dentistry treatment for a variety of dental conditions of the front teeth, including:
Porcelain veneers will result in an aesthetically pleasing natural look which is almost unmatched by other cosmetic dental solutions.
Bonding consists of applying tooth colored material to the surface of the tooth, to cover discolorations, repair chips, breaks, and cracks, and fill in gaps. The bonding process involves etching the tooth surface with a conditioning solution that allows the bonding (plastic) material to adhere. Tinted resins are carefully blended so the bonded tooth will match your natural tooth color.
Veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic material are bonded directly onto the front of your teeth, creating a dazzling, even smile.
After application, the resin is contoured into the proper shape and hardened using a special light before being smoothed and polished to appear completely natural. Bonding is a virtually painless procedure that is usually completed in one visit, and the results will typically last about 5-7 years before the bonding will need to be recoated or replaced.
Enamel shaping re-contours your natural teeth to improve their overall appearance. If your teeth are slightly crowded or uneven, or your eyeteeth appear too long, enamel shaping may be used to correct the visual flaws.
Enamel shaping involves modifying the teeth by removing or contouring the enamel to create harmony and balance in the mouth. No anesthesia is necessary when shaping the enamel, and the results can be seen immediately.
Enamel shaping is most conservative cosmetic dentistry option that is available, and it cannot solve all problems. Crowded teeth may need braces, and many patients also request bonding or veneers to complete their new smile.
Brushing twice a day and cleaning between your teeth daily with floss or interdental cleaners (specially shaped brushes) is extremely important when dealing with restorative dental work. When plaque accumulates at the gum line, it can cause dental decay or gum disease.
To prevent damaging or fracturing the veneers or bonding, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects. You also want to avoid grinding your teeth (bruxism), and it is still important to visit your dentist regularly to have your teeth cleaned and your gums examined.
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