Comparing bonding to veneers in our cosmetic family dentistry practice in Dayton
The smile is one of our most important features. Although our teeth may be affected by various factors, ranging from genetics to lifestyle habits, there are several ways in which your smile can be improved. Within our cosmetic family dentistry practice in the Dayton area, we provide treatments such as teeth whitening or dental veneers tailored to meet your specific goals.
Dental veneers have increased in popularity in recent years. After these thin shells of material began being made from porcelain, there seems to be no better way to replicate the appearance of natural enamel. Some dentists continue to craft veneers out of other material, such as composite resin. We believe that your investment into your smile should reward you with classic, natural beauty for many years, so we make our veneers from porcelain. This material matches the color of your teeth, appears translucent like natural enamel, and reflects light. Whether you receive one or many porcelain veneers, your smile will look completely natural.
Porcelain veneers are custom made in a dental laboratory. Used to cover a single tooth or several, these porcelain sheets are fabricated from a model of prepared teeth to achieve precise fit, maximum strength, and ultimate aesthetics. The preparation of teeth requires the removal of a small bit of surface enamel. This allows optimal bonding and accommodates the thickness of veneers so that they do not protrude away from the gums. Veneers are bonded to individual teeth with high-strength dental cement cured with a special light, promoting maximum durability when faced with the forces of biting.
Dental bonding is an alternative to porcelain veneers in some cases. Ideal for the repair of minor issues, the bonding process may be appropriate for:
- Gaps between teeth.
- Chips or cracks.
- Cosmetic correction of a turned tooth.
- Create better symmetry for teeth of different shapes or lengths.
- Dental restoration of cavities.
Bonding gets its name from the process itself, in which composite resin material is bonded directly to teeth. The process is simple, cost-effective, and comfortable, but does come with certain limitations. Composite resin is not as resistant to stains as porcelain. Over time, a tooth that has been bonded may become discolored through the regular consumption of beverages like coffee or tea.
This cosmetic treatment can be completed in a single office visit, beginning with the preparation of the tooth or teeth through gentle etching to prepare the surface. This mild etching creates the prime surface for bonding to take place, because it opens the tubules located on the surface, promoting the absorption of bonding agent.
The next step is to apply the bonding agent directly to prepared teeth. This will interact with composite material, linking it to the now-open tubules. The applied bonding agent is cured to a state that is optimal for a strong connection.
Finally, composite material that has been mixed to the ideal shade is applied to the tooth. It is cured with special light and then precisely shaped to create the perfect proportion and size for your ideal smile.
Cosmetic dentistry is a fascinating field that is devoted to the beauty of the smile. Contact our office to experience the finest in cosmetic treatment.
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