The concept of bonding involves the adhesive attachment of a ceramic filled composite resin material to the tooth. Bonding is performed to repair a fracture of a tooth due to an injury, alter the alignment of the teeth, close spaces between the teeth, or to change the color of a tooth.
First, we assess the shade, and specific type of our materials needed to accomplish our goals. The surface of the tooth may be roughened or shaped as needed. We then apply several layers to the tooth to clean, prime, and bond the composite material to the tooth. An intense light is used to harden and cure the material. The restoration is then shaped and polished.
Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.
Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.
Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.
On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.
You will receive care instructions for veneers. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.