Cosmetic dental bonding is an amazing procedure that repairs chips and cracks. Cosmetic dental bonding can fill small spaces between teeth and is also used for tooth colored fillings, inlays and onlays. Bonding may be ideal unless you are extremely hard on your teeth. If that is the case, porcelain veneers might be a better fit.
What is Cosmetic Dental Bonding?
Made from dental resin, bonding is usually a same day dentistry treatment that Bela Family Dentistry uses to repair your smile. While bonding can last for years, it isn’t as strong as dental porcelain. Bonding uses dental resin to repair cracks and chips and is an excellent alternative to other less conservative types of cosmetic dentistry.
The Bonding Process
If you and your dentist in South Carolina decide on bonding, a color for the material is chosen that best matches the tooth or teeth. After the color is matched, a solution is applied to the tooth. This helps strengthen the bond.
Once the tooth is etched with the conditioning liquid your cosmetic dentist starts working his magic molding the resin into place.
When your dentist is satisfied with the results, the bond is cured or hardened with a light or laser. Once cured, your new bond is polished to perfection.
Cosmetic dental bonding mimics natural teeth and shines just like the rest of your smile. However, as previously mentioned the dental bond is not as strong as dental porcelain. If you are hard on your teeth, bonding may not be the best solution for your chipped and cracked teeth.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
If you follow the Bela Family Dentistry Blog you will remember that porcelain veneers are thin sheets of dental porcelain that are permanently placed on the fronts of teeth. Because the veneers need to fit snuggly against the natural tooth a portion of the enamel is removed. This makes veneers permanent.
The Porcelain Veneers Process
The veneers process takes two dental appointments. During your first appointment x-rays, pictures and molds are created so that the lab can manufacture your veneers. Your dentist in Georgia will also choose a color for your restorations.
Next, your cosmetic dentist in South Carolina will remove a portion of the enamel on your teeth. Because this is usually unsightly, you are fitted with a temporary veneer or veneers.
When your new restorations are ready they are checked for fit and comfort. Once satisfied, the team from Bela Family Dentistry is ready to permanently place your veneers before polishing them to their natural beauty.
Porcelain Veneers or Bonding?
Only your dentist can advise you on the best treatment for your smile whether it be veneers or cosmetic dental bonding. For more information call or send a text and schedule a consultation with Bela Family Dentistry today.