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Dental Bonding vs veneers

what is teeth bondingA beautiful smile is an invaluable social asset. While some people are naturally blessed with a beautiful and attractive smile, others have crooked, chipped, or cracked teeth that ruin their facial aesthetics. If you are also concerned about your stained or misshaped teeth that are marring your smile, no need to worry. This article offers one of the most effective options to eliminate cosmetic teeth defects and enjoy a dazzling and attractive smile - bonding.

Dental bonding is a comsetic dental procedure in which your dentist restore cosmetic and structural tooth defects by placing a tooth-coloured filling over the damaged teeth. The best thing about teeth bonding is that it does not require removing the healthy tooth structure. Your dentist will only remove the damaged tooth structure and apply the bonding over the remaining tooth.
Continue reading if you would like to find out more about teeth bonding and how it can help you get the smile of your dreams.

Teeth Bonding Versus Veneers?

Dentists use both dental veneers and bonding to fix cosmetic dental problems. While both options perform the same function - restore the teeth - they are fundamentally different. While the dental veneers are prepared in the laboratory and then attached to the surface of the tooth with an adhesive, bonding is done directly on the tooth structure at the dental chairside. Dental veneers usually require one or two sittings for their preparation and may take up to two to three weeks. Bonding for one tooth can be completed in under an hour.

Another difference between veneers and bonding is that veneers require removing healthy tooth structure to create room for their attachment. On the other hand, bonding does not require the removal of the healthy tooth structure. Finally, bonding is more cost-effective in terms of the porcelain veneers when it comes to the cost.

How Is Eating With Bonded Front Teeth?

Bonded dental restorations remain firmly adherent to the teeth. Therefore, you may not have to worry about your bonded restorations coming off. However, it is advisable not to eat very hard or sticky foods with your bonded front teeth, as it may put them under excessive pressure. On the other hand, dentists advise their patients who have veneers on their front teeth not to eat hard or sticky foods directly with them. Doing so may result in their dislodgment.

Even if your bonded filing comes off or gets fracture, no need to worry; in most cases, your dentists will be able to repair the restoration or apply an entirely new bonded filling over it.

Can Dental Bonding Ruin Your Teeth?

Bonded fillings are made from tooth-coloured composite resins. The bonding material not only possess excellent aesthetics, but they are also quite strong and durable. Therefore, you can rest assured that dental bonding will not damage your teeth if you take good care of your teeth and gums. In fact, dentists use bonding for repairing teeth that have cosmetic and structural tooth defects.

Is Dental Bonding Permanent?

Although the bonded fillings available these days are much stronger and more durable than they were a few years ago. However, they still have a limited clinical service life. However, with proper care, you can expect them to last for many years.

How Long Does Bonding Last?

According to Healthline, bonded restorations, also called composite fillings, can last for around ten years. However, many restorations tend to last much longer. This is because the clinical service life of bonded restoration depends on various factors, most important among them being the quality of the restorative material, the dentist’s skill, oral hygiene status and dietary habits of the patients. You can enhance the clinical life of bonded restorations by ensuring optimal oral hygiene - through brushing and flossing - and visiting your dentist regularly for checkups.

Can Bonded Teeth Be Whitened?

Over time, bonded dental restorations can get stained, just like discolored teeth. However, bonded fillings cannot be whitened like our own teeth. This is because hydrogen peroxide, which is the active ingredient of virtually all whitening formulas, is ineffective on bonded fillings. Therefore, to whiten teeth that have tooth coloured fillings, your dentists will remove these filling and replace them with fresh ones once all your teeth have been whitened. You can keep your bonded restorations stain-free by ensuring optimal oral hygiene and avoiding staining foods and drinks like tea, coffee, tobacco or red wine.

Can Teeth Bonding Close Gaps?

Bonded fillings are used to repair chipped, fractured, stained or misshaped teeth. In some cases, your dentist may also use resin fillings to restore minor gaps between teeth cosmetically. However, in cases where there are excessive teeth gaps, or diastemas, your dentist may fix them with porcelain veneers.

It must also be kept in mind that the ideal treatment option for restoring teeth gaps is orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign aligners. However, veneers or bonding may also be used when a patient cannot afford orthodontic treatment or cannot wait for many months for the orthodontic treatment to complete.

Your smile is the first thing people notice about you when they meet you for the first time. According to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, individuals with flawed smiles are perceived as less attractive and less approachable.

Therefore, investing in a beautiful and attractive smile by getting rid of your teeth defects can pay you in many ways. If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist in Liverpool, don’t go anywhere other than Cosby Dental. Besides having state-of-the-art therapeutic and diagnostic equipment, Cosby dental takes pride in having a team of the best dentists in town. So, what are you waiting for? Book an initial consultation appointment with us today and let our friendly dentists take care of all your dental problems.

Book your first consultation for cosmetic dentistry here or call 0151 286 0330 today



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    Dr Peter Doyle

    GDC No: 64847

    Peter qualified from Manchester University Dental School in 1989 and after returning to his hometown of Liverpool, he established Crosby Dental. He has a special interest in high-end cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic treatments. Peter offers private treatment only.
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