Sometimes, there is just a little something that you wish could be improved about your smile. Nothing major, just a simple fix that can be done quickly and effectively to transform your teeth slightly, but significantly, at least in your eyes. From a slight chip to that one tooth that always seemed a bit shorter than the rest, if we can fix it, you’ll feel so much better. And it’s all thanks to the wonders of cosmetic bonding, something we do to make your dental dreams come true.
Cosmetic bonding is a process we highly recommend at Cornerstone Dental Arts that works quite well in such a situation. This relatively quick and totally pain-free process is an excellent fixer-upper for spacing or small gaps between teeth you’d prefer were closed up, minor chips or cracks that have been bothering you, discoloration or dullness that doesn’t let you smile with that “mega-watt” shine, or slight crookedness that has always shaken up your confidence. Bonding is also useful for minimal reshaping or rebuilding when a veneer or denture is far more work than needed to achieve your goal.
The layered resin compound which makes up the bonding material will match your natural tooth color flawlessly and finely fill in those less than perfect places you have always wished looked better. When you do not need a total overhaul, something more basic, yet beautifying like bonding is the answer. Here is more information about cosmetic bonding, and why it may just be the dental solution you have been seeking. Suddenly, that slight crack will be history!
How is the Cosmetic Bonding Process Done?
The entire process is straightforward and comparatively simple when you consider other more major dental work one might require. First, we will gently roughen (etch) the surface of your tooth ever so slightly so the bonding material (in liquid form) can best adhere to the tooth. Once it fully hardens and sets in place, we will artfully and carefully shape or sand down the bonded area to perfection and polish it smoothly so it matches the natural tooth as far as shine and texture. The resulting appearance is completely natural. No one will know it’s not part of your natural tooth…unless you tell them.
The whole cosmetic bonding process can be done during one visit to the office since the bonding agent is formed to your tooth right here. There are no impressions of the teeth or bite to be taken and sent to a lab to create the bonding material. This process is far less involved than other procedures that require follow up visits until final results are accomplished. Bonding is looking better and better!
How Long Will the Bonding Work Last?
Bonding is quite durable, but it is not as strong as your natural teeth. The bonded areas can chip or break, so be extra careful if you tend to clench your teeth, while you are eating hard foods or candy, and definitely do not use your teeth as “tools” to open bottles and things of the sort. Additionally, the bonded areas may stain more readily than natural teeth, so pay attention to what you eat and drink, as well as smoking. That said, the results of cosmetic bonding last an average of 3-5 years, potentially many more when you practice good oral hygiene habits.
How Do I Care for My Bonded Tooth/Teeth?
Just like natural teeth, practicing good oral hygiene habits every day is a must. Brush and floss your teeth regularly, at least twice per day. And don’t forget to keep up with your regular dental exams here at Cornerstone Dental Arts. Essentially, treat the bonded teeth as you would your other teeth, just pay more attention to their color and connection to the tooth. If you see any staining or discoloration, before whitening on your own, see one of our dentists. The bonded area may not whiten the same as your natural tooth, so we will guide you through the process. Also, you may want to avoid consuming coffee, tea, wine, chocolate, and other foods and drinks known for staining. If you do choose to consume these items, brush completely to avoid allowing the stain to set in. If you believe you grind or clench your teeth at night, this can affect the bonded regions and how long they hold up. We may choose to fit you for a nighttime bite plate to help you with these conditions.
Are you ready for cosmetic bonding? Before long, your teeth will be more beautiful than ever, done simply and affordably. If you have any questions regarding bonding or want to schedule a consultation with a Cornerstone Dental Arts dentist, please give us a call at (865) 531-7117. We look forward to seeing you and perfecting your smile with the benefits of bonding.
How ‘bout a stunning smile to make your summer even brighter? Of course, a dazzling smile is a year-round reward, but why wait any longer when the perfect smile you have been longing for is no longer out of reach? With porcelain veneers, you can have a smile that you thought only movie stars could flash. They are so natural looking, feel and function like your real teeth, and will give your self-esteem a boost that you just won’t believe.
Whether you need a minor cosmetic change or something more significant, porcelain veneers will change your smile for the better. Our team of dentists are not only technically savvy, but artfully advanced to make every smile look simply stunning.
Read on for more information about porcelain veneers, why they could be the clear cosmetic choice for you, and what is involved in the process. You’re probably smiling already!
What Porcelain Veneers are Made of and How The Process Goes
Porcelain veneers are made of porcelain (obviously), but they are crafted into thin shells that look just like real teeth. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to their creation – each “tooth” is custom-made to fit and feel fabulous for the patient who’ll be wearing them.
As for placement, it will be a two-visit process to our practice. During your first appointment at Cornerstone Dental Arts, we will prep your teeth by removing a very thin layer of the enamel. This won’t damage the teeth or cause discomfort, but it will allow for room for the porcelain veneers to be placed over top. You do not want the veneer to protrude unnaturally or look too thick, so this minor removal allows for these cosmetic concerns. Once the enamel is carefully removed, we will take impressions of your teeth which will be sent to the lab where the veneers will be designed. While they are being crafted, temporary veneers will be placed over your teeth in the interim.
Once the veneers are ready (a few weeks at most), you will return to the office for your second (and final) appointment. With a special adhesive process, we will attach them to your teeth for a strong hold that will last for many happy years with proper care (details on care below). They will function just like real teeth, but look so much better. Another perk? They won’t stain!
Who is a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
If you have any of the following situations with your smile that you’d like to correct, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Of course, talk to your dentist to determine if porcelain veneers will correct the condition to your satisfaction.
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Stained/dull teeth
- Slightly crooked teeth (too crooked may require orthodontic work)
- Broken teeth
- Teeth are too long or too short (or mismatched)
- Bite is off/misalignment
- Spaces/gaps between teeth
Some patients have a series of teeth that can benefit from the beauty of porcelain veneers while others only have a tooth or two that need work. Every patient has specific needs and desires, and the Cornerstone Dental Arts team is here to hear your goals and recommend a smile-improving solution.
Caring for Your Porcelain Veneers
Just like your natural teeth, teeth with veneers over top need to be taken care of properly. While they are super strong and durable, it does not mean they do not need good care to last to their full capacity. Here are some simple but important tips to follow to help keep your veneers in tip-top condition:
- Schedule (and keep) your dental cleaning exams. Your teeth need to be checked and cleaned, including your veneers. Plus, if they happen to chip or seem to be faulty in any way, we can figure that out right away before the issue leads to potential further damage. Twice a year is what is generally recommended in terms of regular oral exams.
- Do not clench or grind your teeth. This will wear away at the porcelain, not to mention the potential it has to affect your other teeth and jaw. If you think you may be clenching or grinding while you sleep, talk to your dentist about wearing a night guard at bedtime to prevent damage.
- Do not whiten your veneers. They will remain nearly flawless if you practice good oral hygiene habits. They will not whiten like natural teeth and can become discolored due to the bleaching agents in most whiteners.
- Brush and floss twice daily as you would regularly for excellent overall oral hygiene.
Are you ready to reveal a brand new smile? Porcelain veneers may be exactly what you need to smile like your favorite celeb. Give us a call at (865) 531-7117 for more information or to schedule a consultation with one of the Cornerstone Dental Arts dentists.