Dental Veneers are thin shells of porcelain or composite resin that are custom made to fit over teeth, providing a natural attractive look. They can be used to fix chipped, stained, misaligned, worn down, uneven or abnormally spaced teeth. The two most common materials used in dental veneers are composite resin and porcelain. Both types can be fabricated by a dental technician in a laboratory and are bonded to the patient’s teeth in a dental clinic. Dental veneers are bonded to the teeth with a resin cement. Porcelain material is brittle; however, when it is firmly bonded to the tooth it can become very strong and durable.
Advantage is they are highly durable and hard to stain. Disadvantage is the increased cost compared to Bonding.
Bonding is the application of a tooth colored composite resin (plastic) to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured, discolored tooth to make the teeth appear longer and perfectly matched. Bonding can be done in a single visit to your dentist.
It is among the easiest and least expensive cosmetic dental procedure. The composite resin used in bonding can be shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth. It also can be used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth longer or to change the shape or color of teeth.
Care for Bonded teeth: Tea, Coffee, Cigarette smoke and other substances can stain the resin used in bonding. To prevent or minimize stains, avoid eating or drinking these types of foods and drinks during the first 48 hours after any composite procedure. In addition, brush your teeth twice daily and have them cleaned/polished. every six months