Bonding is a procedure through which we can disguise slight imperfections in teeth. This treatment is considered direct veneering since it applies an attractive cover to the front surface of a tooth. The material that is used in dental bonding is composite resin, the same material from which tooth-colored fillings are made. To complete enhancement, the pliable resin is applied to a prepared tooth, where it is then very precisely shaped and sized. When the desired result has been achieved, we cure (harden) material with special light and polish it to look just like natural enamel. With good care, bonding can last for years.
Enhancement with porcelain veneers differs from bonding in that veneers are made in a dental lab. In preparation for veneers, we take impressions and discuss the characteristics desired in the final restoration. High quality porcelain from which very thin sheets are carved looks like enamel in every way. Porcelain reflects light at all angles and remains translucent so that you can slightly see through the tip of the tooth. Unlike enamel, porcelain will not stain. For this reason, we may suggest teeth whitening if only one or a few veneers are required.
The efficient removal of stains can lift years off your appearance. We are pleased to provide both home whitening treatment and in-office whitening services. In some instances, a combination of the two will be used to achieve the most beautiful result. Professional whitening involves the application of a powerful type of peroxide, which is absorbed into the pores of the enamel to break up stains. Treatment performed in our office takes only about an hour. Our home whitening kit is prescribed based on individual needs. Some patients will wear whitening trays for ninety minutes a day, achieving noticeable results in about a week. If sensitivity occurs, whitening may be done every few days. Though it may take two to three weeks to see results in this manner, comfort is also important throughout the process.