Veneers & Bonding
Veneers are thin, semi-translucent laminates made from porcelain that are permanently bonded to the front surface of the teeth. Teeth that are broken, crooked, discolored or misshapen can be corrected using veneers. Veneers are an extremely strong restoration and can make a significant improvement in the beauty of a smile.
Veneers are an incredibly robust appliance that allows us to breathe new life into your smile. They are able to fix the following issues:
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Teeth that are too far apart
- Misshapen teeth
- Teeth that are too small
- Teeth that are toot big
- Discolored teeth
- Damaged teeth
They act as the new front of your teeth by slipping over the teeth and being set permanently in place. Because we can have them crafted to resemble almost any aesthetic we please, veneers offer our patients a wonderful solution to virtually any issue they have with their smile.
Veneers are known to be a long lasting permanent dental solution but they do have some special care needs. Because they are rather thin, it is important not to stress them too much. This just means being aware of the things that you eat or chew on. Using your teeth as tools to open packaging or chewing on extremely hard things like ice cubes can easily result in a chip. Some people have a tendency to clench their teeth habitually, which could result in a failure of a veneer.
For the most part, veneers are robust, and beautiful. If something does end up happening, just give us a call at 410-956-5555 and we will schedule you an appointment to fix the issue.
Composite bonding is often used to alter the form or color of the teeth to improve esthetics. Frequently this includes closing gaps or spaces that occur between anterior teeth or correcting defects that occur on the front surfaces of the teeth. Composite bonding offers patients the ability to significantly beautify their smile in very little time, for very little expense.
The material that we use to accomplish dental bonds is the same composite material that we use to fill tooth colored fillings with. A mixture of glass, plastic and a resin bonding agent that we mix to match the exact color of your teeth. Once we have the composite substance mixed to match your teeth we will prepare the teeth to receive the bond. We do this by making some small scratches on the surfaces of the teeth that will receive the bond. This allows the resin to adhere to the tooth and gives it a strong, long-lasting hold.
Once the teeth are prepared we can begin to apply the composite material to the teeth and shape it to look natural. The composite material is similar to clay or putty during this stage, so it will hold its form while we make the shape fit the area and the texture look natural. Once we have the bond looking correct we will set it in place permanently with a special UV light. This light will make the bond permanent.