Bonding is an excellent way to repair or change the shape or color of teeth, particularly front teeth. Bonding is usually a one–appointment procedure that starts with a careful matching of the color of the bonding materials to your tooth color.
Next, your teeth are lightly roughened and a gel is applied to ensure that the bonding materials will adhere. Then the bonding material is applied, sculpted and hardened with a high–intensity light. The final step is a careful polishing of your new teeth.
Fractured Anterior Teeth A gel chemically etches the tooth so the bonding material really adheres to the tooth. The tooth is prepared, and a resin is chosen to match your tooth color. After the resin is placed into your tooth, a special high–intensity light is used to harden the filling. After the filling is set, it is smoothed and polished.
Veneers can beautify your smile by improving the color and shape of one or more of your teeth. A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain or plastic that’s bonded to a tooth, generally covering only its front and top.
Veneers can be used to close spaces between your teeth, lengthen small or misshapen teeth, or whiten stained teeth. And if your teeth are chipped or beginning to wear, veneers can protect them from damage and restore their original look.
It takes two or more appointments to restore your teeth with veneers. On the first appointment, your teeth are shaped and roughened. From impressions, precise working models are made of your teeth. It’s on these models that the veneers are crafted to exactly fit your teeth.
On the second appointment, your prepared teeth are polished and cleaned. Then an adhesive is used to bond the veneers to your teeth. A harmless high–intensity light hardens the adhesive.
Once in place, veneers virtually become part of your teeth. You can use them like you would your own teeth, because the bond is extremely strong. The final result is a more beautiful and natural looking smile!