Cosmetic or tooth bonding is a colored resin used to repair or strengthen a tooth by use of a special light. Unlike other forms of tooth repair, the cosmetic bonding method helps the tooth as it bonds with the other teeth and takes their natural. Cosmetic dental bonding can be used to perform different tasks on a tooth depending on the patient’s problem.
What is Cosmetic Bonding Used For?
Teeth may develop cavities due to you eating too many sugary foods or poor dental, oral hygiene. When a cavity develops, it can cause a lot of pain, especially when eating. Cosmetic bonding is used in these cases to fill cavities in teeth.
Chipped or Cracked Teeth
Some people use their teeth to open soda bottles. This puts a lot of strain on your teeth. After some time, the tooth may crack or chip and fall off. Resin is used to restore a tooth that has chipped to its natural structure or cover a crack.
Compounds in water and some food colors usually lead to teeth discoloration. When your front teeth are discolored, you may have a hard time smiling in front of people. Cosmetic bonding helps clean off discolored teeth and restore them to their natural white color.
Irregular Teeth Spacing
Spaces in between teeth are usually not equal. Some teeth are close together while others are farther apart. This irregular spacing bothers many people and often leads them to seek medical attention. Dentists usually use cosmetic bonding to reduce these spaces as the resin used bonds completely with the teeth.
Make Your Teeth Longer
Everyone has different perceptions of what constitutes beauty. Some people think if you have longer teeth, then your teeth look better. Thanks to cosmetic bonding, you can have your teeth made longer without the fear of them breaking. On the other hand, resin can be used to change the shape of the teeth to your specifications.
Over time a part of the gum may recede, leaving a tooth root exposed. This exposed tooth root needs to be covered up to protect the tooth. Resin can be used to cover the exposed area and protect the root of the tooth from damage.
The Cosmetic Bonding Procedure
Tooth bonding is an easy process of repairing teeth compared to processes like crowning which can take a lot of time to complete. Bonding can be done in a day’s visit, ensuring the patient does not continue suffering unnecessarily. Dental bonding typically does not require any anesthesia, however anesthesia is necessary when filling cavities because contact is made with the sensitive gum.
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Good tooth color, shape, and alignment are a few of the most important determining factors of having a beautiful smile. If your teeth are affected in any way by some of these issues, porcelain veneers could be exactly what you are looking for and needing.
In dentistry, a veneer is a wafer-thin layer of very durable porcelain that substitutes natural tooth appearance and functionality. Veneers will create a natural-looking, beautiful new surface. Dental porcelain is similar to natural tooth enamel. It is translucent and strong, but a huge advantage is that it doesn’t stain like regular enamel!
In today’s day and age, veneers can be made thin enough that they can be bonded directly onto your existing tooth surface. In other instances, a thin layer of tooth enamel needs to be removed first before fitting the new veneer and making it look as natural as can be. In either instance, the results will renew your smile and your confidence.
Versatility of Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are used to improve any of the following characteristics of your teeth:
- Color — Teeth can be stained by the foods and drinks we ingest, from smoking, and even from normal aging. Veneers are available in a plethora of shades, from a very natural color to a bright Hollywood white.
- Size & Shape — Teeth can be worn down from bad teeth grinding habits, or may not have had the shape or size you wanted from the start. Veneers can be shaped and sized in whichever way is most fitting to your smile and face shape.
- Alignment & Spacing — Veneers can be used to close minor gaps between teeth and can make corrections in alignment while improving overall tooth color and shape.
Limitations of Porcelain Veneers
There are some situations in which veneers would be inappropriate. For example, if you have significantly misaligned teeth or a large gap, orthodontics might be a more appropriate solution than veneers. And if you have lost a lot of tooth structure from decay or trauma (or a particularly severe grinding habit), it might be better to restore your teeth with porcelain crowns that cover the entire tooth.
Creating a New Smile with Porcelain Veneers
The first step in creating a new smile with is to communicate with the cosmetic dentist what you would like corrected with your smile as it is currently. It could also be helpful to have examples of smiles that you like to help convey where you would like to be after your procedure. It is possible to see how veneers would look on your teeth in multiple ways. We can create a model of your teeth in which wax “veneers” can be placed. Sometimes acrylic or tooth-colored filling material can be placed directly onto your teeth to help you see the potential effects veneers would have.
Once a plan for your teeth has been agreed upon we will then prepare your teeth for the custom veneers. If applicable, we will remove a small amount of enamel to accommodate room for the veneers to fit properly. Molds of your teeth will then be taken and used by a dental laboratory to create your veneers. During the time it takes for your permanent veneers to be completed, we will provide you with temporary veneers. Once the veneers come back from the lab, they will be cemented onto your teeth and made to match your deisred color.
Caring for Your Veneers
Teeth that are restored with veneers need gentle brushing and flossing every day just like your natural teeth. Doing this will ensure that you have healthy gums around your new veneers. Regular checkups will remain just as vital as they were before. Keep in mind that even though your new veneers are extremely durable, they might not be able to withstand certain forces. You should avoid trying to open packages or eating foods that might damage your teeth! If you grind or clench your teeth at night, you might be advised to get a custom night mouth guard to protect your new veneers.