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Porcelain Veneers (also known as porcelain laminates) are thin, custom made 'shells' permanently bonded to the front of your teeth. Veneers can transform teeth that are broken, chipped, stained or have large gaps between them, and even make a crooked tooth appear to be straight. Basically porcelain veneers can mask out any problem with an ugly tooth or teeth, hiding them behind a perfect looking facade.
Veneers improve the colour and shape of your teeth, and give a spectacular lift to your smile. Your teeth don't lose any of their strength, and you'll be able to bite and chew normally. Porcelain veneers are also highly resistant to staining and are made of very durable ceramics.
Dental Bonding is also known as composite bonding and is a quick and effective solution if you have a gap in between two of your front teeth and you don’t want braces, or you have a minor chip, stained or cracked teeth. Bonding can also be used in the hands of a well trained cosmetic dentist to provide total composite veneers and total smile makeovers.
Dental bonding involves the use of composite resin that is specially designed enabling it to be color-matched to each patient’s teeth to provide a completely natural-looking result.
As with most dental procedures, the more teeth a patient needs fixed, the longer the procedure will take, however minor dental bonding can usually be done in about an hour, often with minimal or even absolutely no drilling.
The procedure involves the dentist first applying an etching solution to the patient’s damaged teeth. The etching solution creates microscopic grooves that allow for proper adhesion of the composite resin bonding agent. The resin is then applied to the teeth in layers. After each layer is applied it is hardened with a powerful, specially designed light. Once the appropriate number of resin layers has been applied and hardened the tooth can be sculpted and polished until a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing result is achieved.
Composite Fillings were created as an alternative to traditional metal fillings. Dentists can choose from a selection of natural tooth colours, which are made of plastic dental resin. These types of fillings are, durable and are much more natural looking than amalgam fillings.
Many people still have amalgam fillings (silver). These fillings contain mercury which was said to be poisonous to the body as well as the environment. The amounts of mercury in the fillings however are theoretically not significant enough to be a real threat but amalgam fillings are generally not as advantageous as composite fillings because they demand more aggressive drilling and tooth removal leading to weakening of the tooth, and can be susceptible to corrosion.