Cosmetic dentistry is not just recommended for making over a smile, but can also serve an important role in helping to maintain a healthy smile. As we age, tooth structure is weakened and can cause our teeth to become chipped and damaged. This will eventually reduce the tooth enamel, leaving our teeth more vulnerable to breaking and cracking.
There is a range of cosmetic treatments and to learn more about the benefits of cosmetic dentistry and treatment options, visit yoursmilebecomesyou.com. Two popular treatments to enhance the appearance and improve overall dental health include porcelain veneers and tooth bonding.
Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain, custom-made to improve the appearance of your smile. This cosmetic treatment provides strength and resilience to improve the shape, size and color of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are applied by removing a small amount of the original enamel. This allows the veneer to properly fit within the mouth and provides a more natural result.
Porcelain veneers are able to improve many cosmetic features such as color, fractures and gaps. Many patients enjoy veneers because they are custom-made of high quality materials, which makes it harder to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth.
Veneers resist stains from coffee, tea, and smoking. Veneers can also make even the darkest teeth appear bright and white. However, because enamel must be removed to place a veneer, this is not considered a reversible treatment. Adjustments can be made but you will not be able to return to the original condition of the tooth.
Cosmetic Tooth Bonding
Dental bonding is a popular, less expensive cosmetic treatment. Tooth bonding uses a high-density, composite resin and porcelain to perfectly match original teeth. Cosmetic bonding requires your tooth to first be roughened so the resin can properly adhere. When Dr. J. Stephen Hoard applies the resin, it will be molded and hardened to fill in cracks or chips present in your teeth. This custom color matched resin is virtually indistinguishable from your natural tooth enamel.
Cosmetic bonding can be used in many ways but works best for repairing damaged teeth. Tooth bonding is a quick treatment for a long-lasting smile. Unlike veneers, the composite resin can be stained over time from coffee, tea and smoking. While this treatment is less expensive than veneers, tooth bonding will only last around 10 years while veneers can last up to and beyond 20 years with good oral hygiene and dental care.
Every smile is unique. Both porcelain veneers and tooth bonding are great cosmetic treatments that can enhance your smile and improve your dental health. After discussing your cosmetic desires, goals and budget, Dr. Hoard will recommend which treatment is best for you.
If you would like to discuss your dental concerns or learn more about cosmetic dentistry, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hoard at our New Bern, NC dentist office today!