Porcelain veneers are used to cover teeth which are discolored, worn, chipped, or misaligned. Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain which are bonded onto the front side of teeth in order to cosmetically improve their appearance. Typically veneers are difficult to stain, making veneers a very popular solution for many people seeking that perfect smile. Strong and very durable, veneers last from ten to fifteen years, and come in colors that will brighten dark teeth without the worry of them changing color.
Composite bonding is excellent for small defects in the teeth – spots, chips, or gaps between teeth. Using materials that match the shade, translucency and the texture of your teeth, gaps between teeth can be closed, spots and discolorations can be eliminated. For smile alterations involving an entire tooth or multiple teeth, porcelain is the material of choice. Bonding for teeth involves the use of composite resin tooth-colored filling material. The procedure is sometimes referred to as bonding because an adhesive agent is used to actually bond the resin to the tooth structure.
Tooth-Colored Fillings and Inlays
Tooth-colored fillings and inlays replace the gold and silver of the past with natural looking materials. The composites of today are strong, durable, and attractive. In 1999, the American Dental Association gave white fillings its seal of approval and now many insurance plans cover their use.
All-ceramic crowns or caps have been around for most of the past century. These restorations have no metal and are totally made of ceramic glass sometimes strengthened with a translucent material such as zirconium. They have always been a highly desirable cosmetic solution for front teeth even without the availability of modern bonding.
Incorporating bonding with all-ceramic crowns can have the strength and beauty of unblemished natural teeth. Today teeth that have too much damage to be corrected with fillings or veneers can still be made white and natural with all ceramic crowns.
Porcelain crowns are extremely durable and highly resistant to stain or color change. They are an excellent choice for restoring severely fractured teeth, heavily worn teeth and for replacing old crowns.