Cosmetic Dentistry
Bonding or Composite veneers

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Bonding and veneers make your teeth look better by changing their colour, shape or spacing.

Bonding

Bonding is a quick and painless way to repair chips in your teeth. Bonding uses a white plastic paste, called composite resin - a plastic that is semi-liquid at first, but that becomes hard and durable when cured with light.

This material can be tinted to match the colour of natural teeth and can also be contoured and shaped to resemble the missing part of a chipped tooth. It can be painted over a stained tooth, and it can make a fractured tooth look whole and perfect. Composite resin can even build up the size of teeth so gaps between them are reduced or eliminated.

- Advantages

  • It's painless. There's usually only minor drilling involved, so there is no need for a local anesthetic.
  • It doesn't take much time. Several teeth can usually be veneered in one visit.
  • It costs a lot less than crowns. Before direct veneering, crowns were the only way to improve the look of chipped, widely-spaced or discoloured teeth.
  • It can be used on children, because bonded material can be removed and replaced as children's teeth grow.

- Disadvantages

  • Bonding treatment doesn't last as long as porcelain veneers or crowns. It can last from three to ten years depends on how well you maintain them.
  • Some composite resins can be stained by tobacco, coffee, tea, blueberries, grape juice, cherries and red wine.
  • If the seal between your tooth and the bonding material isn't perfect, decay can occur under the composite resin.


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