Are imperfect or stained teeth keeping you from smiling? There are several options available for you. A couple of those options are dental bonding and veneers. Both of these treatments will fix imperfections, discolouration, and restore the appearance of your teeth so you can get back to smiling confidently.
What is Dental Bonding?
A dental bonding treatment consists of filling in small cavities, fixing chipped or cracked teeth, hiding spaces between teeth, and even reverse permanent discolouration. This is done through a process of binding a composite material on to the surface of the tooth. The composite material is mainly plastic or resin, and it’s the same colour as the tooth.
The dental bonding procedure is a relatively short procedure and it does not require anesthetic numbing, unless the tooth needs filling. The dentist will first assess your problem and prepare the bonding material required for you specifically. Further, the colour of the bonding material will be matched to the rest of your teeth. In order to improve the strength of the bond, the surface of the tooth is scratched, and an adhesive is applied. Afterwards, the composite material is placed, hardened by a special curing light, shaped, and polished.
What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain or composite material, that are glued on the front surface of a tooth to conceal stains. Veneers are also used to hide other flaws such as chips, cracks, and rough edges by altering the shape of each tooth they cover. Essentially, Veneers differ from bonding as they cover the entire front surface of a tooth. On the other hand, bonding only covers small portions.
There are two types of dental veneers available:
Composite Veneer: A direct veneer procedure, done at a dental clinic by your dentist. Composite veneers last six to seven years.
Porcelain Veneer: Consists of making an impression of the teeth at the dental clinic then sending the impression to a dental lab for final processing. Porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite veneers. However, they benefit from the fact that they may last over 15 years.