Dental treatments like dental bonding and veneers are not only used to fix cavities or broken teeth but can also be used to improve the look of healthy teeth. Veneers are applied to the entire front surface of the tooth, whereas bonding is applied to a smaller portion of the tooth. Bonding and veneers make your teeth look better by changing their colour, shape, angle or spacing.
Bonding is a painless way to make minor repairs to teeth. In most cases, several teeth can be bonded in one dental visit. Bonding uses composite resin which is a tooth-coloured material. Composite resin is put on the tooth, then shaped and hardened with light. The composite resin can be:
- Matched to your teeth.
- Shaped to look like the missing part of a chipped tooth.
- Used to build up teeth and fill between them.
- Used on a broken tooth to restore it to size.
- Painted over a stained tooth to make it match the colour of your other teeth.
Watch the video to see how bonding is done:
Veneers are very thin shells that are attached to the front part of teeth. They are made of porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers are stronger than composite resin veneers and do not change colour or stain. Generally, porcelain veneers take at least 2 dental visits to apply and composite resin veneers can be done in 1 visit. Porcelain veneers generally last longer than composite resin veneers.
To learn more about Veneers, click on the video below.
Lumineers are brand of Veneers; they are ultra-thin (approximately 0.2 mm) and highly translucent, allowing them to replicate the natural appearance of anamel. Traditional veneers are much thicker, requires the gridning down of your original tooth structure, however, Lumineers are so thin that little to no tooth reduction is necessary. Additionally, the durability of Lumineers allows them to resist wear and remain resilient to last over 20 years.
Lumineers can help with:
- eliminate spacing and gaps
- bright teeth
- restore chipped teeth
- reshape teeth
- renew old dental work
- perfect smile
- align crooked teeth