Cosmetic Dentists Apply Composite Veneers for Dane County Patients
Over time, your teeth endure a great deal of pressure. Even simple things such as drinking coffee or clenching your teeth due to daily stressors can cause teeth to chip and become discolored. One way of making your smile beautiful is with bonded or composite veneers from Total Care Dental.
What are Bonded Veneers?
Bonded veneers are small pieces of resin that are bonded over your natural teeth to fix inconsistencies in your smile. Made of a special resin, bonded veneers closely resemble your natural teeth. Each set of bonded veneers is made to fit a specific set of teeth, so they are virtually unnoticeable. Bonded veneers are usually a “while you wait” process.
Bonding, also known as bonding restoration, is a painless way to make minor repairs to teeth. Composite resin is put on the teeth, 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.
Resin can also be used on a broken tooth to restore it to size, or painted over a stained tooth to match the color of your teeth.
Total Care Dental's cosmetic dentists can beautify your smile by creating and applying veneers through composite bonding over your existing teeth.
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Personalized Composite Veneers Create the Perfect Smile
An imperfect smile can make you self-conscious or embarrassed. Our Madison dentists want you to be happy with your smile without the feeling of having to hide it. Bonded or composite veneers are the perfect option if you are unhappy with your smile and want a quick, easy fix. Bonded veneers can improve aesthetic tooth problems, like:
- Staining or discoloration
Composite Veneer Procedure: What to Expect
The dental veneer process is fairly simple, painless and can be done in one dental visit in under an hour. It’s perfect for patients who want an instantly better smile without invasive oral surgery. A dentist will:
- Measure your teeth where the composite will be added.
- Make note of chips, gaps, and other imperfections to determine the best way to correct them.
- Apply a bonding agent and composite resin (white filling) material over the area.
- Build up the area and fill in the affected space with multiple layers.
- Shape and sculpt the composite to match the surrounding teeth.
- Use a high-intensity light or laser to harden and reinforce the composite material to the tooth.
- Polish the bonded veneers for a more realistic appearance.
Acid etching may be used to create a better bonding surface for your veneers. The composite material blends naturally and seamlessly with your existing teeth. Bonded veneers are as easy to care for as natural teeth. They require brushing twice a day, daily flossing and dental examinations and cleanings twice a year. To ensure the long life of your composite veneers, avoid biting hard objects like nuts and ice.
If you're unhappy with your current teeth, composite veneers may be the perfect solution for a brighter, whiter smile. Schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Total Care Dental to learn more about the bonded veneer process. You will walk out of our office with a great smile the same day you came in.
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Veneers: An Alternative to Tooth Whitening
Correcting tooth discoloration is a common reason for getting veneers. Composite veneers whiten teeth by covering up the discolored teeth beneath. Certain tetracycline antibiotics, medications, and smoking can cause teeth to turn gray or brown. Our in-office whitening treatment corrects the color of natural teeth, but stained teeth do not respond as well to whitening kits as yellowed teeth. If your teeth are brown or gray, consider a color change with new veneers.
Composite vs. Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers last longer than bonded veneers while being stain-resistant and chip-resistant. These veneers can also provide an extremely realistic look. However, bonded veneers offer several advantages over porcelain. They are:
- Half the price
- Able to conserve tooth structure
- Completed in one visit
- Easily removable, repairable and replaceable
Because porcelain veneers are created in a dental lab, there is a waiting period of a week or two before they can be applied. By opting for composite instead, you will have almost instant results! Composite requires a different type of procedure which can be accomplished in one session.
Bonded veneers will generally last about 5-10 years. When considering this procedure, it is important to keep in mind that if your mouth has a high acidic pH (caused by drinking a lot of soda and citrus juices or excessive candy consumption) or if you grind your teeth at night, porcelain veneers may be a better option. Though composite bonded veneers are more prone to staining or chipping than porcelain veneers, they are a much more affordable option.
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Common Questions About Bonded Veneers