When speaking or smiling, do you feel like everyone is staring distractedly at your discolored, chipped or unevenly spaced teeth? Modern cosmetic dentistry solutions for Kirkland WA area residents are provided by Dr. Files, resolving these concerns effectively. Two of these highly popular options are bonding and porcelain veneers. Dr. Files provides some information about each of these treatments:
Porcelain Veneers—These wafer thin shells are often used on the upper front teeth. These durable, porcelain pieces are created to close gaps between teeth, lengthen shorter teeth, widen narrow teeth, provide long lasting teeth whitening and address tooth damage. A small portion of the tooth enamel must be permanently removed from the tooth. Then the veneer can be attached using a specialized, composite cement. A few dental visits are needed to complete the entire veneer process, and the overall treatment is higher in cost than bonding. This is because porcelain veneers are more resistant to staining, have greater durability and are an aesthetically superior solution in comparison to cosmetic bonding.
Cosmetic Bonding—This option also resolves similar concerns as porcelain veneers do. Bonding involves a more conservative, non-invasive approach. A resin-based composite is directly applied to the tooth’s surface. This resin is cured in mere minutes utilizing a high intensity dental light. It may require the applying and curing of several layers before the final coat is placed. Dr. Files will then artistically shape and polish the tooth until it looks completely natural and appealing. Bonding doesn’t require the same preparation time, nor enamel removal as with veneers, and the whole procedure can often be finished in as little as one appointment. The bonding procedure is more economical than that of their porcelain counterparts, but it’s not as stain resistant and has a limited lifespan in comparison to the many years expected with porcelain veneers.
For further questions or appointment scheduling, contact Dr. File, your cosmetic dentistry expert for Kirkland WA area residents. Your smile will be happy that you did.