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Tooth bonding is the application of a resin material that is tooth-coloured and adhesive at a high intensity curing light. This allows for the resin to become bonded to the tooth.
Bonding is usually used to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured or discolored tooth. It can also be used to close gaps between teeth or to alter tooth shape.
Unlike veneers, which are manufactured in a laboratory and require a custom-made mold to achieve the right fit, bonding can be done in a single visit to the dentist. The procedure is called 'bonding' because the material bonds to the tooth.
What is bonding used for?
Bonding is one of the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures available. The resin material can be shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth.
Bonding can also can be used to decrease the space between teeth, and to change their shape or colour.
Bonding is also often used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, and to protect the tooth's root if it has been exposed as a result of gums recession. The restoration can be touched up and even re-bonded over time, if necessary.
Veneers are ultra-thin shells of sculpted tooth coloured porcelain that are bonded over the front of one or more of your teeth.
They can give you a whiter-looking smile, and adjust the shape and size of your teeth to reduce the appearance of misalignments and gaps.
- Types of Veneers
Dental veneers can be made either of porcelain or composite resin materials.
Porcelain veneers tend to resist stains better than those made of resin, and better mimic the translucent appearance of natural teeth.
- Uses for Veneers
Veneers can be used to whiten your teeth, hide discolouration, and widen or lengthen them to ideal proportions. They can also be used to add thickness and broaden your smile, or to straighten crooked teeth.
What are the advantages of dental veneers?
Dental veneers provide a natural tooth appearance. The porcelain material is well tolerated by gum tissue, and is also highly stain resistant.
The colour the veneer can be matched to the natural colour of your teeth.
Veneers are a conservative option to changing a tooth's color and shape. They typically don't require extensive shaping of the tooth prior to the procedure like crowns do, making them a durable and aesthetic but minimally invasive alternative.