Tooth bonding is the application of a tooth-colored resin material using dental adhesives and a high intensity curing light. The procedure gets its name because materials are bonded to the tooth. Most often bonding is used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. Composite resin can also be used to fill gaps, conceal imperfections, and lengthen or reshape teeth. Dental bonding can generally be done within a single visit as no lab work is necessary. It is often more cost effective than veneers, however esthetics and longevity is often inferior.
Dental veneers are thin shells of engineered porcelain. They are adhered to the front surfaces of teeth for cosmetic enhancement. Custom designed for each patient, veneers are made from material that looks and feels like a natural tooth. Dentists can use veneers for a number of cosmetic corrections, ranging from teeth whitening to improving orthodontic appearance. Their lifelike appearance and wide array of functions, makes veneers an excellent and reliable choice for cosmetic improvement.
Whitening teeth can be done in many different ways. Here at Stowe Family Dentistry we offer an affordable take home option. We custom design trays that will hold a whitening gel on your teeth. We recommend using only whitening gels approved by the ADA. Safe and acceptable bleaching gels use a 10 percent concentration of carbamide peroxide to whiten teeth. Our custom designed trays can be worn nightly until you reach a desired shade. By offering a take home method it allows patients to use at their own convenience and they are able to whiten at a faster or slower pace depending on their tolerance to the treatment.
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