Gaps or short teeth, discoloured and crooked teeth can all be corrected through veneers or dental bonding. The process is rather like attaching a false fingernail to obtain a pleasing and flawless smile. The colour of the veneer (bonding) is specifically colour matched to the shade you wish to have. The result is an extremely strong, durable veneer (bonding) that is undetectable from your natural teeth.
Bonding may also be used to cover a discoloured tooth. A more comprehensive explanation of these exciting options is detailed below.
Veneers are a thin ceramic custom-made shell like material, designed to make your teeth look and feel natural. They are permanently bonded directly to the tooth, presenting an aesthetically pleasing finish to your smile.
Veneers can transform teeth that are broken, chipped, stained or have large gaps between them, and even make a crooked tooth look straight. Essentially porcelain veneers can conceal any problem with an unattractive tooth or teeth, hiding them behind a flawless disguise.
Veneers will also improve the colour and shape of your teeth. They will give your smile a spectacular lift. Your teeth will not lose any strength and they will not affect the function of your mouth to chew or talk. Porcelain veneers are stain resistant and have exceptional durability and strength. Each porcelain veneer is individually created in a laboratory to fit your mouth perfectly and the colour is matched to visually blend with the appearance of your natural teeth.
The result is a flawless naturally looking smile.
Alongside crown treatment, veneers present the best option to repair and redesign the aesthetic qualities of your smile.
Composite Resin Veneers or Dental Bonding
In addition to porcelain, veneers can be constructed of composite resin. Composite veneers are sometimes referred to as dental bonding and provide a quick and effective solution if you have a gap in between two of your front teeth and you don't want braces, or you have a minor chip, stained or cracked teeth.
Unlike the porcelain veneer which is made specifically in a laboratory, composites are applied directly to the tooth by the dentist. The resin is colour matched to each individual's teeth shade to provide a completely natural looking restoration.
Bonding can also be used in the hands of a well trained cosmetic dentist to provide total composite veneers and total smile makeovers. The resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied to the tooth and hardened with a special light, which "bonds" the material to the tooth to repair or enhance a person's smile. After the material is hardened, your dentist will further trim, shape and polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
Dental bonding is the least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures and can usually be done in one appointment. However it should be noted that the material used in composite veneers is less stain resistant and not as strong or long lasting as the material used for a porcelain veneer or crown.
Because of these limitations, composite veneers are best suited for small cosmetic changes, for temporary correction of cosmetic defects and for correction of teeth in areas of very low bite pressure (for example, front teeth).