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Woman showing off her veneers and dental bonding

Veneers Or Bonding? A Side-By-Side Glance

Looking after your teeth is one of the most important aspects of your personal healthcare. We all know that keeping our oral hygiene in peak condition can be a real challenge. Even with the best diets and stellar daily tooth care practices, things can go wrong. Everyone needs some work done at some point in their lives. If you have found yourself in the position of needing some work done on your teeth, then try not to fret too much. This is very common, and it is not necessarily anything to be too alarmed about. The fact is, chipped and broken teeth are a common sight for dentists. The good news is that there are several options available to you at this stage. The two most popular ones are dental bonding and veneers. Which to go for is a matter of personal choice and something you should discuss with your dentist. However, it is worthwhile considering the benefits and drawbacks of both. The more you know, the better. Let’s take a look at them, side by side.

The Method

Bonding is a process by which tooth-colored material is used to patch up those areas which need work. Essentially, it is a method of masking the imperfections which you want to do away with. It is not a lasting repair, but it does provide a significant cosmetic enhancement to the mouth. Conversely, veneers are thin shells of porcelain which are made to cover the front of teeth. They are not color-matched as with bonding, but they do provide a solid covering for any gaps or cracks in the teeth.

Time

As a rule, bonding only needs to take one visit to the dentist. This will remain the case, even if extensive amounts are needed. It is quite a simple procedure, and one visit is almost always enough. However, veneers are unlikely to be completed in one sitting, as the process is a little more time-consuming and complex. Nonetheless, it may be that only two sessions are required.

Cost

Veneers are far and away the more expensive option, but that is because they are so much more effective. Bonding is quite a lot cheaper. However, bonding is unlikely to last as long as successfully implanted veneers. It is ultimately up to you, the patient, whether you wish to prioritize money or longevity.

Results

Veneers provide a near-perfect rendering of actual teeth. They often look realistic enough that nobody can tell they are even there. What’s more, they resist staining from the likes of coffee or nicotine. Bonding may not be so perfectly matched or long-lasting, but they are nonetheless a viable short-term solution. They are, however, more susceptible to staining, particularly in the first few days. Bonding is best for minor repairs while veneers are best for larger alterations to the mouth.

Maintenance

Regardless of whether you go for bonding or veneers, some maintenance is often required. Neither are as strong as natural teeth, so it is vital that you are careful with them. The prevailing advice is to avoid biting your nails if you can help it. Similarly, avoid chewing on objects unnecessarily. Bonding can easily last up to five years – veneers, fifteen or more.

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Nail Biting

Why You Should Stop Biting Your Nails

Nail biting is a common and universal bad habit that dentists discourage in their patients. It’s an easy habit to pick up and a hard one to break, but stopping nail biting is very beneficial to oral health. Quitting the bad habit of nail biting may not be easy, but there are solutions that can help people stop so they can improve and maintain healthy teeth.

Risks associated with nail biting

When you bite your nails, it places pressure on your front teeth that they’re not designed to withstand. Shearing is the name for this kind of pressure on the front teeth. Teeth are highly durable and can handle different stresses, but shearing from nail biting may lead to a chipped tooth or teeth. A majority of nail biters use their front incisors to bite, and this can damage these highly visible teeth.

Dental treatments for nail biting damage

Although a dentist can repair a chipped tooth with a filling or dental bonding, continued nail biting could break the dental repair and require further treatments. Repeated dental treatments of damaged teeth can lead to the need for a more permanent solution like a dental crown.

Prevention is the best treatment

The best treatment for nail biting damage is to avoid it all together by remedying the bad habit. Even if your dentist has told you that you’re risking damage to your teeth, or you’ve already damaged your teeth, lifelong habits are hard to break, especially if you bite your nails to deal with stress. You need to be persistent in your efforts to stop biting your nails and utilize other available tools as necessary. Stores sell polishes that have an unpleasant, non-toxic flavor to discourage nail biting, but they may not work for you. A good way to start is to replace the bad habit with a better habit that keeps your mouth occupied such as chewing sugar-free gum. If you chew sugar-free gum after meals that can further help your oral health as it increases saliva production, which helps wash away food residue and bacteria.

Biting your nails may seem harmless to you, but it’s not as it can damage your teeth to the point of requiring dental repair. You should also never use your teeth for opening packages, chewing on pens or pencils or chewing ice as that can also damage teeth. If you’ve chipped a tooth biting your nails or want to find ways to break the habit, contact Creative Dental today so they can ensure the health and beauty of your smile for a lifetime.

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Dental Bonding Versus Porcelain Veneers

Dental Bonding Versus Porcelain Veneers

When you’re considering cosmetic improvements to your smile, there are several options available, but the most popular and common treatments are bonding or veneers. Bonding and veneers both have the ability to change and improve the appearance of your smile in just a few visits, but there are differences between them that you must consider before proceeding.

Bonding

For dental bonding, the dentist applies a tooth-colored resin to individual teeth that matches the color of surrounding teeth for a natural appearance. Bonding can lengthen teeth, repair chips or cracks, brighten discolored teeth, correct imperfections, and cover and protect exposed tooth roots. A dentist can complete a bonding procedure in a single visit, which is a great convenience. A drawback of bonding is that treated teeth don’t have the same translucency and light reflective properties as natural teeth, but when compared to veneers, they’re the more affordable option.

Porcelain Veneers

For porcelain veneers, the dentist places thin porcelain shells on top of the tooth or teeth and placement usually takes two appointments. During the first visit, the dentist removes enough tooth enamel to fit the veneer precisely and at the second visit 2-3 weeks later, the dentist places the veneers designed by the lab specifically for your mouth. When you leave after the first visit, the dentist provides temporary attachments that give the appearance of natural teeth and then removes them at the second visit for placement of the final veneers. The dentist applies the veneers with a strong dental adhesive and checks your bite to make sure everything has proper alignment. Veneers reflect light like natural teeth, have natural luminosity and often have greater durability than bonding, but they do cost more than bonding.

Special care of bonding and veneers

Veneers and bonding both require special care because they’re not as strong and durable as natural teeth. Dentists advise against chewing on hard objects like pens or ice because this can cause chips or displacement. With proper care, including regular oral hygiene and dental visits, bonding and veneers can last for many years.

Some of the biggest benefits of bonding, veneers and other forms of cosmetic dentistry include improved self-confidence, enhanced appearance and the increased willingness to smile. These benefits make the investment worthwhile for many patients.

When you’re considering dental bonding or porcelain veneers, contact Creative Dental for a professional consultation that brings you one step closer to your dream of a healthy, beautiful smile.

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Dental Bonding New Jersey

Cosmetic Dental Bonding for a Beautiful Smile

If you feel too embarrassed by the appearance of your teeth to share your smile, dental bonding can restore your confidence by repairing minor dental flaws. Cosmetic dental bonding improves dental proportions, conceals flaws, and can brighten the appearance of stained teeth to transform your smile into one you’re happy to show off.

Dental bonding treatment

During cosmetic dental bonding, your dentist uses a putty-like resin on your teeth to improve dental aesthetics. These dental aesthetics can include masking imperfections and correcting unwanted teeth shape. The dentist colors the bonding resin to match your natural teeth or makes the resin brighter to restore the appearance of teeth that have deep stains. The dentist applies the malleable resin to your tooth’s surface then works with it until it’s the desired shape and size.

When your dentist achieves the desired results, he or she then uses a special light on the resin that hardens and cures the bonding material. After the resin hardens, the dentist shapes and trims the bonded teeth as necessary and polishes them for a vibrant, healthy shine. Dental bonding can take from 30-60 minutes and usually only requires one dental visit.

Common applications of cosmetic dental bonding

Dentists use cosmetic dental bonding to resolve and improve various dental conditions and flaws in patients. The most common applications of dental bonding include:

  • Closing gaps between teeth – A faster method than orthodontia, cosmetic bonding closes minor gaps between teeth in as little as one visit.
  • Stain treatment – When professional teeth whitening can’t remove deep stains, cosmetic dental bonding can restore the appearance of extremely stained teeth.
  • Treating minor decay – Having minor decay on front teeth can be embarrassing and cosmetic dental bonding is a more aesthetic treatment than metal fillings.
  • Repairing chips and fractures – Teeth with small chips and minor fractures are vulnerable to decay, and dental bonding restores and repairs damaged teeth.
  • Improving misshapen teeth – Jagged, pointy, misshapen teeth are easy to correct with dental bonding.
  • Adjusting teeth size – For teeth that are large or small in comparison to others, cosmetic dental bonding is an effective way of adjusting teeth size for a properly proportioned appearance.

Cosmetic dental bonding can restore the healthy condition and appearance of your teeth by repairing minor oral issues. Healthy looking and feeling teeth can give you the confidence to smile proudly again. Learn more about dental bonding and other cosmetic and restorative dental treatments by contacting Creative Dental.


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