Aesthetic Dentistry

Veneers

Ceramic/Porcelain and Resin Composite Bonding

A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or resin composite that is bonded to the surface of a tooth to improve its esthetics or to protect a damaged tooth.

A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or resin composite that is bonded to the surface of a tooth to improve its esthetics or to protect a damaged tooth.

How Are Porcelain Veneers Done?

Porcelain veneers generally require two office visits. On the first visit, the enamel on the existing tooth may be reduced to help make room for the veneer. An impression of the reduced tooth is taken so that the porcelain veneer can be constructed. On the second visit, the remaining enamel surface of the tooth and inside portion of the constructed veneer are etched and coated with a resin cement, and the veneer is bonded to place on the tooth. Once paced, a high-intensity light is projected on the veneer to harden the bonding material that cements it in place. The resulting veneer looks like a natural tooth, and the surrounding gum tissue is healthy.

Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are considered the ideal choice for enhancing most smiles. Veneers can be used to correct an array of cosmetic issues such as worn teeth, discoloration, and chipped or uneven teeth. Porcelain veneers can provide more proportional accuracy than bonding and will not stain or chip as frequently as bonding. 

Maintaining Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers should be treated like normal teeth with a few exceptions. Avoid ripping or tearing motions such as using your veneers as a tool for biting nails or opening plastic bags. Avoid biting down on nuts, ice, finger nails, or other hard items, as this can damage dental veneers. Remember, veneers are attached to the front of your tooth, so any movement that causes a veneer to twist or pull away from your natural tooth is to be avoided. A yearly fluoride treatment is also recommended.

What is Resin / Composite Bonding?

Composite bonding is the application of composite resin material to the existing tooth. Bonding is used for filling cavities, masking discolored teeth, whitening, repairing fractures, and making cosmetic improvements to the natural tooth, usually in one appointment.

 

How is the Composite Resin Bonding Done?

Cosmetic tooth bonding uses the composite resin to fix chipped, cracked, spaced, or uneven teeth. The resin is applied to the etched natural tooth to achieve the desired esthetic effect. Very little natural tooth reduction is necessary and usually no anesthesia is needed.

Maintaining Bonded Teeth

Bonded teeth last 5 to 8 years or longer and require professional finishing once every few years. Tips for maintaining your bonded teeth include using a nightguard, refrain from smoking, have your teeth cleaned three or four times a year, avoid chewing ice or biting fingernails, and minimize your consumption of stain-causing food and drink.