Bonding & Veneers Services
Dental treatments like dental bonding and veneers are not only used to fix cavities or broken teeth but can also be used to improve the look of healthy teeth. Veneers are applied to the entire front surface of the tooth, whereas bonding is applied to a smaller portion of the tooth. Bonding and dental veneers improve the appearance of teeth by changing their color, shape, angle or spacing. Your dentist can fix teeth that are broken, chipped or cracked, that have spaces between them or that are discolored. Cosmetic dental treatment can improve your smile and give you more confidence.
Bonding Treatment in Mississauga
What is bonding?
Bonding, also known as bonded restoration, is a painless cosmetic dentistry treatment to make minor repairs to teeth. In most cases, several teeth can be bonded in one dental visit. Bonding uses the tooth-coloured material, called composite resin. Composite resin is put on the tooth, 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.
-Used on a broken tooth to restore it to size.
-Painted over a stained tooth to make it match the colour of your other teeth.
How bonding is done
Dr Ghai places a matrix between the tooth being treated and its neighbouring tooth. A matrix is a thin, clear plastic film that protects other teeth from stray composite resin.
Dr Ghai then puts a mild chemical on the tooth to make it a little rough. This helps the composite resin to bond or stick to the enamel of your tooth. The composite resin that matches the colour of your natural teeth is chosen so that the bonding blends in with your teeth. Your dentist puts the composite resin on your tooth in layers. A light is used to harden each layer of the composite resin. After the last layer of composite resin is hardened, Dr Ghai shapes and polishes it to form your tooth. The finished tooth looks natural and smooth. At your next dental visit, the dentist will examine the bonding and polish it if needed. Over time, the bonding may wear down and your dentist may touch up the bonding with more composite resin.
Dental bonding can be used to fix teeth that are chipped. A clear plastic is placed between the tooth being treated and its neighbouring tooth. Composite resin is put on the tooth in layers. Each layer of the composite resin is shaped and then hardened with a light. The finished tooth looks natural and smooth.
What are veneers?
Dental veneers are very thin shells that are attached to the front part of teeth. They are often made of porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers are stronger than composite resin veneers and do not change colour or stain. Generally, porcelain veneers take at least 2 dental visits to apply and composite resin veneers can be done in 1 visit. Porcelain veneers generally last longer than composite resin veneers.
How composite resin veneers are done
Much like bonding, Dr Ghai puts a mild chemical on the front surface of the tooth to be veneered to make it a little rough. This helps the composite resin to stick to the enamel of the tooth. The composite resin that matches the colour of your natural teeth is chosen so that the veneer blends in with your teeth. The dentist then puts the composite resin on your tooth in layers. A bright light is used to harden each layer of the composite resin. After the last layer of composite resin is hardened, your dentist shapes and polishes it to form your tooth. The finished tooth looks natural and smooth.
How porcelain veneers are done
With porcelain dental veneers, Dr Ghai may give you a local anesthetic (freezing). She then removes a thin layer of the enamel from your teeth to make room for the veneers. Then your dentist makes a mold of your teeth. This mold is used to custom-make your porcelain veneers. In the meantime, your dentist may place temporary veneers to replace the portion of the tooth that was removed. These are worn until your porcelain veneers are ready. The temporary veneers are very fragile and need to be treated gently during eating and cleaning as they come loose very easily
On your next visit, Dr. Ghai removes the temporary veneers and puts a mild chemical on your teeth to make them a little rough. This helps the porcelain veneers stick to your teeth better. The porcelain veneers are then glued to your teeth one by one, using composite resin cement.
Veneers can be used to fill in gaps. The custom-made porcelain veneers are glued to your teeth one by one with composite resin cement. Veneers look very much like natural teeth.
Who can get veneers?
Not everyone is a good candidate for veneers. Here are some reasons why the dentist may suggest treatments other than veneers:
- If a tooth has decay or is in an area that has periodontal disease (gum disease). These problems must be treated first.
- If a tooth has little enamel left, a veneer will not stick to it properly.
- If too much of the tooth is missing, a crown may be another option.
- If a person grinds or clenches his or her teeth. This habit is called bruxism and can chip or break porcelain veneers.
What else should I know?
Because the dental veneer procedure involves part of the enamel being removed, veneers are a permanent procedure; once you have them, you cannot reverse the treatment. Therefore, if you are considering veneers, it is important that you talk to a professional dentist about several topics. For example, veneers may not be covered by your dental plan. In those cases, it will be your responsibility to cover those costs for yourself. You will also need to feel comfortable that you are working with a dentist who is experienced with veneers; if they are not fully placed or sealed onto your tooth, stains and/or cavities can form under the veneer.
Once you have veneers, you will need to care for them just as if they were your own natural teeth; veneered tooth/teeth will need to be both brushed and flossed daily. You will also need to take care to ensure that the veneers do not chip or break; several scenarios can cause this, such as grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep, biting into hard or chewy foods, or biting on hard objects such as ice cubes or fingernails. Should stains or cavities form under the veneer, or should veneer chip or peel away, there are two options: either the veneer must be redone immediately or a crown must be placed on the tooth.
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