Cosmetic Dentistry – Part 4

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored materials which cover the front surface of teeth to improve appearance. The material used for dental veneers will usually be porcelain or composite. When teeth are stained, chipped, worn, or uneven, dental veneers can be used to cover, re-shape, and re-enforce the affected teeth. The dental veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth to change their color, size, shape, and length. Typically, dental veneers are wafer thin but require teeth surfaces to be shaved and scraped for bonding and proper fit. This process can cause further degradation of the natural teeth along with sensitivity to temperature. Dental veneers are only used after a dentist has verified that the current tooth structure is intact enough to properly hold the veneer.

Lumineers

Lumineers is proprietary technology from DenMat which is thinner and stronger than traditional veneers. This allows them to be applied without removing healthy teeth structure to fit correctly. The material is designed to last 20 or more years while conventional porcelain or resin veneers can wear out in half of that time. Lumineers can also be applied without anesthetic shots or uncomfortable procedures.

Composite Bonding

Dental composite bonding is also known as composite resin bonding. The composite resin material is shaped and formed on a tooth to repair chips, reshape a tooth, fill gaps and cavities, straighten a smile line, and whiten teeth discoloration.