If you want a smile that looks its best and brightest, it's extremely important that you visit a Memphis cosmetic dentistry center in order to get advanced care. Today, dentists have plenty of options to consider to give patients the smiles that they have always wanted. Two of the most popular and effective options for aesthetic enhancement and cosmetic dental care are porcelain veneers and dental bonding. Each of these treatment options carries their own risks and benefits to consider. Let's look at both right now so prospective patients understand what to expect.
Dental bonding is a treatment that involves the application of a safe dental resin to the surface of a patient's tooth. It's a great option to address major stains, minor chips, and small cracks that are purely aesthetic in nature.
The best candidates for dental bonding are people with minor aesthetic problems on the teeth. They should be in good dental health otherwise. Dental bonding is purely cosmetic in nature, which means that any serious dental health problems related to chips and cracks must be addressed first through general or restorative care. During a consultation with a dentist serving Memphis, you will be able to learn more about all of your treatment options for advanced care.
The first step of the dental bonding procedure is a thorough cleaning of the teeth. Once this is done, the tooth surface is treated so that it is scuffed and a little rough rather than smooth. This will make it easier for the dental resin to remain in place. The dentist then paints a color-matched dental resin directly on the patient's tooth. The composite bonding resin is dried with a special light and carefully buffed so that it blends in seamless with the tooth's natural structure.
Memphis porcelain veneers are thin shells of special dental ceramic that are adhered to the front portions of the teeth in order to treat aesthetically unappealing chips, cracks, stains, unevenness, misalignments, and gaps. They blend in perfectly with your natural tooth structure thanks to their special craftsmanship.
As with dental bonding, porcelain veneers are an aesthetic treatment in nature, which means that ideal candidates are only facing cosmetic issues with their smile but are in otherwise good dental health. Sometimes a dentist may suggest another treatment rather than porcelain veneers, such as teeth whitening, though this will all depend on the needs of the patient.
After the patient's teeth have carefully cleaned, a small amount of tooth structure is removed from the front portion of the tooth in order to accommodate the porcelain veneer. An impression is taken of the prepped tooth and it is from this impression that the custom porcelain veneer is prepared. Once the permanent veneer has been crafted, the smile makeover procedure can be completed. The cosmetic dentist can then make final adjustments to the veneer before it is adhered in place.
If you would like more information about the many different treatment options available for various dental problems, be sure to contact our Collierville cosmetic dentistry practice today. The entire team at our dental care center looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve optimal dental health.