For many patients, the process of maintaining healthy teeth and gums becomes part of their daily regimen. Brushing and flossing daily are as important as eating and sleeping. But even the most diligent of patients may suffer from stubborn dental stains, a chipped or misaligned tooth, or have unwanted gaps between teeth. A consultation with your cosmetic dentist will present different options to resolve many dental imperfections.
Dental stains can detract from your appearance. When stains are sporadic, your cosmetic dentist may wish to start with dental bonding for a solution. A composite resin material that is designed to blend with the natural shade of the tooth or teeth to be treated is applied to teeth that have been prepped. The tooth is generally roughened slightly and an etch is applied to help the bond to stay secure.
The dentist will apply a very thin amount of bond to the areas needing covering. A laser or curing light is employed to harden the bond before the next layer is applied. Upon completion, the bond is smoothed and polished. When applied by your cosmetic dentist, the artistry they demonstrate makes this repair virtually impossible to detect.
When a tooth has a small chip or to correct a dental imperfection that is fairly minor, dental bonding provides the most economical means to repair the problem. But for many patients, the problems may be more extensive or impact too many areas to make dental bonding practical.
In this case, dental veneers may be the ideal solution. With dental veneers, the cosmetic dentist will fabricate wafer thin covers that will eventually be permanently cemented to the front of teeth requiring treatment.
Whether you need to close gaps between teeth, make misaligned teeth appear straight, make worn dental enamel appear restored, cover gum recession, or eliminate stubborn intrinsic dental stain, dental veneers are ideal.
Veneers are most often made from porcelain, which is a stain resistant material that is made to not only enhance the appearance of the patient, but by cementing them to the front of teeth, the teeth themselves have added strength.
Caring for dental bonding and veneers is the same as untreated teeth with one small exception. Biting into hard materials may damage this cosmetic dentistry, so brush and floss daily and bite with care and your cosmetic dentistry will look natural for many years.
Contact our cosmetic dentistry team at Ora Dental Studio to learn more about which smile solution is best for you.