Cosmetic Bonding instead of Porcelain Veneers

Cosmetic Bonding is an option if you are unsure about porcelain veneers. Dental bonding can also be used if your teeth cannot be whitened using over the counter tooth whitening products.

According to Dr. Jack Ringer, an accredited Fellow with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and one of Oranges County’s most popular cosmetic dentists, cosmetic dental bonding may be a good fit if you are unsure about porcelain veneers. In most cases, dental veneers are permanent as some tooth removal is necessary to allow for fit.

What is Cosmetic Bonding?

Cosmetic bonding is a dental procedure that can be used to repair chipped, broken, or stained teeth. Dental bonding can also be used to fill in small gaps between your teeth. Sometimes cosmetic dental resin is used for small fillings, especially those that are at the front of the mouth.

The Procedure

After your teeth and gums have been thoroughly checked and are healthy enough for restorative or cosmetic dental procedures, Dr. Ringer will choose a color from the shade guide to find a hue that matches the rest of your natural or restored teeth.

Once a color is selected, Dr. Ringer will etch the teeth that are to be bonded with a mild solution to help roughen the surface. This allows the cosmetic resin to adhere to the tooth. Once applied, Dr. Ringer will shape and sculpt the resin into the desired shape. After Dr. Ringer is satisfied with the results, a light or laser will be used to harden the resin. Once cured, your tooth or teeth will be polished for a beautiful long lasting smile.

Bonding is great if you would like to get rid of the silver in your mouth or repair chips and cracks, however, if you smoke, be aware that the cosmetic dental resin is quite porous and can turn yellow over time. Cosmetic bonding cannot be whitened with tooth whitening products and although it can last for five to ten years, may need to be replaced over time. For a more permanent solution and a longer lasting grin, you may want to consider porcelain veneers.

If you would like more information regarding cosmetic bonding, or any other restorative or cosmetic dental procedure, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Jack Ringer today.

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