Everyone wants a beautiful, natural-looking smile to complement their positive attitude and outlook on life. At Thirty Two & You Family Dental, we offer a number of cosmetic dentistry procedures, including bonding and tooth-colored fillings.
Bonding is a restorative procedure for chipped, cracked, discolored, or misaligned teeth. Direct bonding adds composite resin to pre-existing teeth to re-contour, reshape, create bulk, or make the tooth longer. There are a number of times in which dental bonding is beneficial in improving one's smile. When bonding, the dentist etches the tooth’s surface and applies a bonding agent. They will then apply a composite resin and shape it to appear like your natural tooth. Bonding is also a conservative way of giving your teeth a straight appearance when the edges are misaligned, and is also used to help fill in gaps between teeth without the need for extensive orthodontic work. Bonding typically lasts up to five years before needing a repair and does not require any special care or attention from the patient.
Tooth-colored fillings, or composite resin fillings, strengthen the tooth by bonding to its structure. The bonded filling creates a tight seal against bacteria. These fillings are matched to the shade of your original tooth in order to give it a natural appearance in your mouth. We are able to remove other unnatural fillings such as metal or gold and replace them with tooth-colored fillings to improve the look of your smile and make your restorative procedure look natural and unnoticeable to the average individual.
Aftercare Of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Avoid chewing and eating until all numbness has completely worn off. Brush and floss normally to gain healthy gum tissue. Rinse your mouth three times a day with a mixture of warm salt water to reduce discomfort and swelling. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns, or if sensitivity lasts more than a few days.
Porcelain veneers are used to change the look and appearance of a smile. They can change the shade of the tooth, the shape of the tooth, or the contour of the tooth. They can also be used to fix chips, cracks, malalignment concerns, and address stains on the tooth that have not responded well to teeth whitening or bleaching alternatives. They are virtually undetectable, and oftentimes do not require much in terms of tooth preparation.
Veneers are a non-reversible process, so we typically like to rule out other cosmetic options first. Orthodontics can be used to move and realign teeth, teeth whitening and bleaching can help address stains and discolorations, and bonding may also be used to help with gaps or other minor concerns that the patient may have. If none of these alternatives address the dental problems, then the patient may consider having porcelain veneers completed on their teeth.