Do you have imperfections on your teeth that are getting you down? If so, you aren't alone. Our adult teeth might be intended to last us for the duration of our lifetime, but this doesn't mean that they don't suffer some damage on the journey.
The outer layer of our teeth is made from enamel. This is a strong substance, and much more durable than the inside layers of the teeth which are much softer, and which cause us pain if they become affected by decay. Nevertheless, over time the enamel protecting our teeth can become chipped, cracked, discolored or stained. Depending on how badly your teeth are damaged, it can have a seriously detrimental effect on your confidence and self-esteem. You could find yourself unwilling to smile or avoiding activities that draw attention to your teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry offers patients a way of improving aspects of their appearance that they are dissatisfied with. Porcelain veneers and dental bonding are two of the most commonly requested cosmetic dentistry solutions for addressing imperfections on the enamel of our teeth.
Porcelain veneers are thin, shell-like coverings that are attached to the outer enamel of your teeth. They are custom designed, meaning that that they are created in the right height, shape and color to give your smile a beautiful but natural appearance. Despite their thinness, which is akin to that of a contact lens, porcelain veneers are actually very robust and can help to reinforce your teeth and make them stronger.
The process of receiving porcelain veneers is pretty straightforward. However, it does involve removing some of the natural enamel on the outside of your teeth. This enables each veneer to be fitted accurately and prevent them from looking unnaturally thick. Nevertheless, it is not possible for the enamel on your teeth to grow back and as such, once you have had the enamel filed down, you will always need to have the tooth covered by a veneer.
There are a range of benefits to choosing porcelain veneers. Not only do they cover imperfections such as cracks and chips on the front of your teeth, they can also address other problems including:
- Creating uniformity in the height of your teeth
- Creating uniformity in the shape of your teeth
- Closing small gaps between teeth, particularly the top two teeth where a small area of space is likely to occur
Patients who choose porcelain veneers find that they enjoy renewed confidence and look forward to sharing their smile with other.
Although both porcelain veneers and dental bonding can improve the appearance of your teeth, they are somewhat different. In dental bonding, the imperfections of your teeth are repaired and/or covered using a special tooth-colored composite resin. This resin is made from a mixture of acrylic and glass and can be matched to the color of your existing teeth, helping you to retain a natural-looking smile.
The bonding process can be completed in just one visit and is non-invasive. The resin is pasted on to your teeth freehand, and then moulded as required to cover the imperfections. In some instances, it can be used to build up a tooth that seems much shorter or is set much further back than the others. Once it has been shaped to create an improved aesthetic appearance, it hardens and bonds permanently to the affected tooth.
In terms of aesthetic improvements, dental bonding can disguise the same imperfection. However, one of the biggest benefits of dental bonding compared to dental veneers is that there is no need to remove any of the existing natural tooth. This means the procedure as a whole is less extensive and completely non-invasive, which often makes it a better option for patients who suffer from dental phobia.
Another key advantage of choosing bonding is that it can be completed in just one visit to our dentist's office, making it ideal for patients who are short on time.If you have imperfections on your teeth that are causing you to feel embarrassed about your smile, porcelain veneers and dental bonding could be a possible solution. Speak to our dentist to discuss which is right for you and your dental needs.