What are the characteristics of an attractive smile? While not every person is born with a perfect smile, qualities such as straightness, cleanliness, or whiteness of teeth may come to mind. Thanks to developments in the field of cosmetic dentistry, people can change the smile they were born with into a smile they love. Porcelain veneers and dental bonding from our Dyker Heights dentist at Fifth Avenue Dental Associates, for example, are two of the easiest and fastest ways to transform your smile.
There’s a considerable amount of overlap in the issues treated by both porcelain veneers and dental bonding. If your tooth or teeth aren’t missing and merely have gaps, chips, stains, misalignments, if there is damage to the enamel, or if teeth are misshapen, then these issues can be addressed using these cosmetic treatments from our Dyker Heights dentist. Both dental bonding and veneers are natural in appearance, and are a perfect alternative for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile. Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of dental porcelain that fit over the front of your teeth. They can conceal a range of cosmetic issues and last for several years. Some types of veneers require the removal of a small amount of your enamel while other fit right over the top of your teeth. Dental bonding, on the other hand, uses cosmetic resin to cover or repair flaws. The resin, which is similar in form to putty, is applied by your dentist and then shaped and molded before it is hardened or cured by a special light. Once cured, the resin is difficult to distinguish from your own enamel and will last a long time. One of the benefits of dental bonding is that the process is relatively inexpensive and can be completed in a single day. Which treatment is right mostly depends on the extent of the damage. For smaller repairs, dental bonding is usually a better option because it requires less alteration of your tooth and can be completed on the same day. If you have more extensive damage that needs to be fixed, veneers may be the right choice. Overall, veneers have a more natural look than dental bonding, especially when bonding is applied over a large area. When your veneers come back from the lab, we’ll have you check the appearance before bonding them to your teeth.
The best way to determine which treatment is right for you is by calling our dental office and scheduling a consultation with one of our Dyker Heights dentists. Having a better understanding of your options before you go in for your appointment will make the decision-making process easier. Our team at Fifth Avenue Dental Associates will discuss these options with you and provide a recommendation of which one will give you the best results. Regardless of which method is right for you, restoring and replacing your teeth will surely restore your beautiful smile.