Over the years, dental technology has advanced to provide patients with a variety of options to improve their smile. Bonding, veneers, and implants are some of the cosmetic dentistry services provided that can give you a brighter, whiter smile.
If you have missing or misshapen teeth, implants are a long-term option to a full and brilliant smile. Implants are different than bridges, which use neighboring teeth as anchors. If you suffer from periodontal disease and the resulting bone loss, a bone graft may be needed, so the implant has a stable foundation. Implants are made up of three distinct parts: titanium metal, which is secured to the bone along the jaw; an abutment, the portion that snugly fits over the portion of the implant above the gums; and the crown, the natural looking ‘tooth’ secured to the top of the implant.
Veneers are custom shells made from plastic or porcelain to cover the exterior of teeth. They can enhance the shape and color of teeth and have a longer lifespan than bonding. You may want to consider veneers if your teeth have: spaces, permanent stains, a crooked or worn down shape, or unsightly chips. To insert veneers, your dentist will first take an impression of your tooth. The veneer is secured by using cement and a special light used to harden the cement.
Teeth with chips, stains, cracks or spaces are an excellent candidate for bonding. Bonding can enhance the look of teeth by improving the appearance of these dental imperfections. Bonding can also be used to fill cavities or protect and cover an exposed root. A bonding procedure is easily done during one dental office visit. The dentist will use an etching solution with enamel colored materials and apply them directly to the surface of the tooth. Bonding can last for many years, but it can become chipped or stained easier than other restorations.
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