What are Dental Veneers?
A porcelain veneer is a very thin shell of porcelain that is custom crafted and bonded to the front surface of your tooth, covering up cosmetic flaws. They give you the ability to solve several problems at once, eliminating the need for multiple treatments.
Porcelain veneers are typically used for:
- Covering discoloration that is not responding well to tooth whitening
- Covering small gaps between your teeth
- Correcting the appearance of minor crookedness across several teeth or a single twisted tooth
- Adding length to teeth that appear to be too short
Dental porcelain is highly durable and provides aesthetically beautiful results. It has the look and feel of natural teeth.
What is Dental Bonding?
One of the big differences between tooth bonding and porcelain veneers lies in the procedure itself. Porcelain veneers are created, colored, and hardened in a lab according to The Smile Department cosmetic specifications. Dental bonding is carefully sculpted on your tooth by our cosmetic dentist. The procedure can be completed in one simple office visit, which eliminates any follow-up appointments which may be required for porcelain veneers. Tooth bonding is typically used to repair smaller imperfections in your teeth, whereas porcelain veneers are used to repair larger imperfections requiring a stronger material over a larger surface area.
The dental bonding material is as a paste made of composite resin. Our Greeley cosmetic dentists prepare your tooth by removing some surface structure which may be weakened by decay or is otherwise stained, thus enabling a stronger bond to your tooth. We match the resin to the color and translucency of your existing tooth, sometimes using several layers to get perfect tone. We carefully sculpt the composite resin into the perfect shape, matching what would otherwise come naturally. Finally, it is hardened and bonded in place using a special type of light.
For more information, please call The Smile Department today at (970) 744-4456.