If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, veneers or bonding may be a good option for you.

Veneers

Dental veneers are ultra-thin, translucent layers of composite or porcelain material that fit over an existing tooth to improve its color, shape or size. If you have chipped or stained teeth, crooked teeth, or a gap that makes you feel self-conscious, veneers can quickly revitalize your smile.

Your dentist will prepare the tooth for an impression by trimming a thin layer of enamel from the front of the tooth. There is very little discomfort. A mold is used to take an impression which is sent to a dental lab to fabricate the veneer. This can take some time, but you will have a temporary veneer until the permanent veneer is ready. When ready, the veneer will be cemented in place with a bonding agent.

Once bonded to the teeth, porcelain veneers are highly resistant to stains. They resemble healthy, natural teeth and no one will know you have them. In general, dental veneers can be expected to last from five to fifteen years.

Bonding

Bonding is an alternative to veneers and can be used to correct small gaps or teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored, misshapen or crooked.

Bonding is painless. Your dentist will lightly etch the surface of the tooth and apply a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied, sculpted into the desired appearance, and colored. For single tooth bonding, the tooth will be colored to match the surrounding teeth. Once the resin is set, the dentist trims, smoothes and polishes it to a natural appearance.

Bonding is less costly than other cosmetic dental procedures, like crowns or veneers, and can often be done in one office visit, but the bonding material is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel or as resistant to stains. You can expect bonding to last three to five years, after which time the process will need to be repeated.

Let us help you plan your new smile! Get in touch with Naples General & Cosmetic Dentistry to see if you are a good candidate for veneers or bonding.