Dental Veneers and Bonding: What You Need to Know
With so many options to fix imperfect smiles, you don’t have to hide yours any longer. Each with its own set of distinct benefits, our dental team will help you decide which option is right for you. Be it veneers, dental bonding, or another dental technique, there are simple fixes to restore minimally-damaged teeth to their original state.
How do you know, which option is right for you? Starting here is a great first step… talking with your dentist should be your next natural step.
Typically used to correct cavities and more minor cracks, or even as an aesthetic fix, veneers are very thin shells, typically made of porcelain or composite resin. These shells are attached to the front part of the tooth creating a seamless and natural overlay that resists staining. Naturally strong, veneers are the perfect fix for small cracks, small chips and discolouration. Your dentist will let you know if you are a candidate for dental veneers.
“The restoration method and materials we use on each patient are generally dependent upon a number of factors,” says Dr. Lily Lo. “We look at history, oral care, and lifestyle to determine whether to use porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers tend to last longer than their composite resin counterparts, however if budget is a concern, the resin is often a less expensive option. Both offer a very natural look that can be colour-matched to the remaining natural teeth.”
About Dental Bonding
In some instances of discoloured teeth, small cracks or gum recession, we may recommend dental bonding instead of a veneer. A very simple process, which can be done in one quick visit, Dr. Lily Lo would attach composite resin directly to the tooth, then shape and harden with light. Often more than one tooth can be fixed in a visit and there is little, if any, recovery time. In fact, you can brush and floss as normal that same evening. The result is a natural, beautiful smile that functions like new.
Deciding between Veneers and Bonding
The decision to go with veneers or dental bonding should be considered very carefully. They are both irreversible procedures as your Lawrence Avenue Dentist will have to change the structure of your tooth to make the restoration work. Talking with your dentist about the pros and cons of each procedure, will ensure that you are educated and aware before making your decision.
We get that this can be overwhelming, so let us take some of the pressure off your shoulders. Talk with our Lawrence Avenue Dental team and we will answer all your questions so you can make the decision that’s right for you.
Our office welcomes families of all ages. We are conveniently located at 1200 Lawrence Avenue in Toronto, just a short distance away from the DVP and Lawrence Avenue. Call us at 416.444.9045 to schedule your dental appointment or with any questions. Your visits make us smile!