Dental bonding is a treatment used to restore slightly damaged teeth or to cover up teeth with cosmetic imperfections. Dental bonding is actually quite similar to a filling, but rather than simply filling up a cavity in your tooth, Dr. Anna will apply resin to the outside of the tooth, shaping and sculpting it to restore the shape, integrity, and appearance of the tooth.
Bonding is often used to treat minor cracks and chips in the teeth, and to cover up imperfections, stains, and other flaws in the smile as an alternative to other cosmetic treatments like veneers. Contact Monarch Dental Arts now to find out if bonding is right for you.
Dental bonding usually takes only one appointment, and multiple teeth can usually be treated in one session at Monarch Dental Arts.
To begin, Dr. Anna will clean your tooth. Typically, drilling is not required, though a small amount of enamel may need to be removed in some cases. If this is necessary, your mouth will be numbed.
Once your tooth has been prepared, Dr. Anna will select a tooth-colored resin material that matches the color of the surrounding teeth. This resin will be applied layer-by-layer to build up the tooth.
As the tooth is built up with resin, Dr. Anna will use a special UV light to harden the composite material, and use special dental tools to shape and sculpt it, restoring its shape, integrity, and structure.
Once the tooth has been restored, Dr. Anna will perform a final check to make sure the new tooth fits properly into your bite, and looks and feels completely natural. Then, you’ll be sent home, or the process will be repeated if you’re having multiple teeth treated with bonding at our office.
No dental treatment is completely permanent, since your teeth are exposed to lots of wear and tear as you eat and bite. But dental bonding is considered to be a long-term solution for most minor chips and cracks.
As a rule, you can expect dental bonding to last up to 5-7 years at a minimum, with a lifespan of up to 10 years or longer being common if you take great care of your new smile. The most important thing to do to preserve your tooth is to brush and floss regularly. You should also see Dr. Anna for six-month cleanings and oral exams, and to maintain a tooth-healthy diet and lifestyle.
No. The process of dental bonding is typically completely painless, and usually doesn’t even require any drilling or enamel removal. In fact, restoring your tooth with dental bonding will help relieve the sensitivity and discomfort of a cracked or chipped tooth. You can get back to your day-to-day routine without worrying about pain or discomfort.
Veneers may be used to treat minor chipping or breakage in the teeth, as long as the damage is limited to the outer layers of enamel and dentin. More serious tooth injuries may require the use of a dental crown and root canal therapy.
Veneers are also commonly used to treat and restore irregular or misshapen teeth, providing you with a straighter and more even smile.
With proper care, your veneers can last between 10 and 20 years.
No. Traditional veneers are bonded into place permanently, and are not meant to be removed. The procedure is not reversible, since it requires a thin layer of enamel to be permanently trimmed away from your teeth. After your treatment, you will need to take proper care of your veneers, and have them replaced if any of them break or become dislodged.
This mostly depends on how well you take care of your veneers, but most patients can keep a set of veneers for 10 to 20 years. Over time, your veneers may wear down, and you may need to have individual veneers repaired or replaced.
The best way to prolong the lifespan of your veneers is to brush and floss properly, and to see your dentist every six months for a teeth cleaning and oral exam. You should also avoid doing things that could break or dislodge your veneers, such as chewing non-food objects, chewing hard foods with your front teeth, or using your teeth as tools.
Veneers are typically made of ceramic porcelain materials that look and feel just like natural tooth enamel. Porcelain can be matched to the color of your teeth and is very similar to enamel in hardness and translucence, making it an ideal option.
Resin veneers are also available, but they are typically only used as temporary veneers because resin does not look as natural, and is not nearly as durable compared to porcelain ceramic veneers.
Veneers and Lumineers are basically the same, with one big difference. Lumineers are much thinner than traditional veneers, because they’re made out of a special, proprietary ceramic material. They are usually only about 0.2mm thick, compared to the 0.5mm thickness of traditional veneers. Because of this, Lumineers can often be placed without trimming your existing enamel. This is why they’re often called “no-prep” or “minimal-prep” veneers.
The cost of veneers will vary depending on how many teeth you're covering up, your oral health, the location of each tooth, and a variety of other factors. The best way to get an accurate cost estimate is to contact your dentist for a cosmetic consultation. Your dentist can examine your mouth, assess your oral health, and give you a quote for the cost of treatment with veneers.
Veneers are a permanent dental treatment that requires the removal of enamel.