- Porcelain veneers are very thin, custom-shaped pieces of porcelain that are permanently bonded to the front of your teeth, and wrapped over their edges. They are ideal for complete smile makeovers which involve using up to ten veneers for each row of teeth.
Veneers are great if you need to increase the size of your teeth, which makes them useful for replacing worn tooth edges and closing gaps. They can be used to straighten your teeth, and resurface discoloured teeth completely with your preferred shade of white – in order to create a naturally beautiful smile.
- Bonding involves the use of a tooth-coloured composite material. It is applied to your teeth, cured and then shaped to blend in with the surrounding tooth surfaces. Bonding adds material to your teeth which makes the technique suitable for filling in chips, gaps, imperfections or cavities, as well as levelling rough or uneven surfaces.
Teeth whitening is often recommended before bonding, so that the colour of the new bond can be matched with your whitened teeth. If you whiten your teeth after bonding, you may have to replace the bonding in order to colour-match the new shade.
- Contouring is a reductive tooth-shaping dental technique. This means that natural tooth material is removed from your teeth. You are a suitable candidate for contouring if any of your teeth have a slightly uneven appearance. Your Leeming dentist reshapes your teeth by sanding and shaving away parts of your tooth enamel until the desired shape is achieved. Contouring is often used along with bonding so that the correct balance of give and take is maintained in order to achieve a beautiful natural smile.
Porcelain veneers, bonding and contouring are all cosmetic dental treatment options that are great ways to change the shape, size, colour and position of your teeth. These dental treatment options utilise specialised dental materials and techniques to remedy smile issues permanently. When deciding which treatment option is most suitable to enhance or repair your smile, you have two main considerations. Firstly, you have to consider the extent of the modifications you need to achieve your desired smile. For example, do you need a complete smile makeover, or are you just after a minor repair to a chipped front tooth? Secondly, you need to consider which of these cosmetic treatment options suits your budget. The cost of a full set of porcelain veneers can be far more expensive than a few minor modifications to some of your teeth. It is also important to determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate for veneer, bonding or contour treatment. Your teeth need to be healthy and free of cavities and/or periodontal (gum) disease – before undergoing any cosmetic dental procedures. Your Leeming dentist can discuss your dental issues, and recommend a cosmetic dental treatment plan that can best improve and transform your smile. Here is a quick overview of porcelain veneers, bonding and contouring: