Dental bonding and veneers are cosmetic procedures that dentists like to call “mouth makeovers.”
Both are similar in nature. Veneers and dental bonds “cover” one or more teeth and both can:
If you want to invigorate your smile and restore your confidence, veneers and bonding are a great way to do it.
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Dental veneers are a type of prosthetic “covering” for your teeth. They can be made from a variety of materials, and porcelain and composite resin are the most popular. They slide over one or more existing teeth. This allows a dentist to brighten and correct your smile at the same time. They are a permanent solution, though. Dentists have to shave your teeth to install veneers. With care, though, they can last 10 to 15 years.
Porcelain is the preferred material for veneers. While they’re a more expensive option, they offer a variety of benefits over composite resin:
Composite resin is the same material dentists use for fillings, and they have a lot of advantages:
Dental bonding is a less invasive procedure. They’re also a little bit more affordable. They don’t last quite as long, and they’re not as strong, but they’re still a good option for some people.
Dental Bonds are a reasonably simple procedure. They can normally be completed in a single visit, and a single bond takes no longer than an hour to install.
Dental bonds are a great choice for minor cosmetic imperfections, even across multiple regions of the tooth. They can also fix damage like cracks and broken teeth as well.
Dr. Philley will consult with you about what he thinks is best given your situation. In general, cosmetic bonding is better for minor cosmetic upgrades when the teeth otherwise function as normal.
Veneers are better if your teeth are very discolored or otherwise lack the integrity that’s found in healthy teeth.
Caring for your veneers isn’t substantially different than a traditional oral health routine. You should brush twice daily for at least two minutes, floss daily, and visit your dentist every six months.
You shouldn’t chew ice or use your mouth as a tool (to tear open a package, for instance). Other than that, you shouldn’t notice your veneers affecting your chewing, swallowing, or smiling.
You can expect your veneers to last roughly 5-10 years. With proper care, they can last much longer, though. With a daily oral care regimen that includes brushing twice daily, flossing and regular dental exams, you could extend the life of your veneers dramatically.
Some cases may require gum contouring, depending on the overall health of the teeth and their appearance. Gum contouring is good when teeth aren’t symmetrical. They can also help elongate shorter teeth to make room for the veneers.
Prior to beginning the procedure, Dr. Philley will administer a local anesthetic that will numb part of your mouth. Should you be afraid of the needle, we can administer a general anesthetic prior to injection.
If you receive 4 or fewer veneers, you will have minimal pain after the procedure. With more, you can expect some discomfort afterward, which can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication.
For the first few days, we recommend that you eat only soft foods. After that, you’re free to eat your favorite foods, though hard foods may cause some discomfort.
You should avoid eating ice, hard candy, caramel apples, hard nuts, and other foods that may damage your veneers.
If you want to dramatically improve your smile and get rid of imperfections, bonding and veneers for your teeth are a great way to do it. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and let us develop a plan that will help you get the smile you want.903-581-0581 Contact Us