There are many ways to enhance the appearance of a smile. Today’s advancements in dental techniques and materials provide excellent options to improve the appearance of teeth with a natural look and feel.
For teeth most visible in a smile, I typically recommend porcelain veneers or crowns. Porcelain is the closest match in durability, appearance and feel to natural teeth. A porcelain veneer or crown can even reflect light naturally with a tooth-like opalescence.
Porcelain veneers and crowns, however, do come with higher fees than bonding. Bonding can be a beneficial aid in improving a smile when repairing chips, small spaces, discoloration or minor re-shaping. It is also used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam (silver) fillings or protect an area where a tooth’s root is exposed due to gum recession..
In our office, we use advanced technology that provides beautiful, durable CEREC 3D crowns in a single visit. However, the process of Bonding can be done in one appointment as well and is less expensive than many cosmetic procedures.
Bonding uses a “composite resin” that is shade-matched to the tooth being repaired. The tooth is first ‘roughened’ so the resin adheres properly. The resin is then applied to the tooth and carefully shaped. A special light is used to harden the resin and the surface is polished.
The disadvantage of bonding is it is not as strong as porcelain. It can also be stained easily from red wine, tea, coffee and smoking. While shade matching of bonding can prevent a ‘patchwork’ appearance, it does not have the luminosity of porcelain that truly mimics the natural appearance of teeth.
While bonding is ‘painted’ onto a tooth, a porcelain veneer or crown is cemented to it. This helps to bolster the tooth, increasing strength and longevity. Porcelain is an excellent option for those who have crooked, gapped, short or poorly-shaped teeth. It does not stain easily and has a superior tooth-like appearance.
However, the price difference may be the deciding factor for some. When people on tight budgets chip a front tooth, bonding can repair the flaw attractively and affordably. While porcelain may be the ideal, bonding can be the next best thing.
Smile enhancements can make a tremendous difference in one’s appearance as well as give a boost to self-confidence and self-esteem. If you’ve contemplated improving your smile, first consider the dentist who will help you achieve your goals. As a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, I bring a combination of skills, techniques, materials and technology to each case.
Then, your options can be discussed and associated costs determined. We provide a free, no-obligation consultation so you can make the decisions that are best for you.
Learning the way to accomplish your smile goals begins with choosing the right dentist. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to schedule.