Cosmetic Dentistry

cosmetic dentistryCommon Questions 

How do veneres and bonding differ?

Veneers are often used on more severe problems. Although they´re genererally more expensive, they´re also more durable and resistant to chipping and staining. Your dentist will discuss with you which procedure is most appropiate.

What special care do I have to take after my teeht are bonded, bleached, or veneered?

  • Be careful about what you eat for 24 hours after your teeth have been bonded or veneered. You don´t have to eat only soft foods, but you may want to avoid tough, chewy foods.
  • Don´t pick at the new bonding, even though it may feel unusual at first. You could damage the cement seal and shorten the lige of the material. If you feel a rough edge with your tongue, see your dentist.
  • A mild, temporary sensitivity isn´t uncommon after cosmetic procedures. If it persists for more tan a few weeks, see your dentist.
  • Refrain from smoking between bleaching appointment.

How should I care for my bonded or veneered teeth?

Brush and floss as normal, but avoid biting down on hard objects (such as your fingernails) or using your teeth as tolos. Bonding and veneres aren´t as strong as your natual enamel and may chip or fracture more easily.

Will my newly bleached, bonded, or veneered teeth stain?

Any teeth – even cosmetically treated ones – can be stained by tobacco and certain foods and drinks. Veneers, though, are more resistant to stains than bonded or bleached teeth. To avoid stains, avoid tobacco products, coffee, tea, red wine, and heavily colored foods. (Colored tooth pastes aren´t a problema).

How do porcelain veneres differ from porcelain crowns?

Whit veneres, more of the healthy tooth structure can be preserved because dentists don´t have to remove as much of the tooth as when placing a Crown. Your dentist will suggest the most appropriate procedure for you.

What other cosmetic procedures are there?

Other procedures include microabrasion (removal of small layer of enamel to eliminate spots) and contouring (filing misshapen teeth). Ask your dentist about these and other treatments.

Will bleaching work on all stains?

Discolorations caused by some filing materials and dark internal stains, such as those caused by injuries or antibiotics like tetracycline, are very difficult to bleach. In those cases, your dentist may recommend other cosmetic procedures, such as veneres.

Porcelain Veneers

Procedure: Porcelain veneres are thin ceramic Shell adhered to the Surface of prepared teeth in much the same way that false fingernails are applied. Veneers correct or camouflage severe discoloration, damage, misalignment, or teeth that are poorly shaped and correct improper distance between the longer teeth.

Visits:  Two-one, to prepare the teeth and make an impression; the other, to apply and finish the veneer.

Durability:  Veneers are much more durable and last considerably longer than bonding.

A thin layer of enamel is removed, and impression is taken, and a veneer is fabricated to fit the tooth.

After the tooth is etched with an acidic solution and painted with an adhesive resin, the veneer is applied and the resin is hardened with a bonding light.The dentist then removes excess cement and finishes the venee.


Procedure: Bleaching lightens Surface stains caused by coffee, tea, food, and age.

Visits: Six to eight teeth can be bleached during one visit, but teeth may need to be bleached several times to achieve máximum results. Or you may be a candidate for doctor-prescribed, patient-applied home bleaching.

Durability:  Bleached teeth may need touching up every year.


Procedure:  Bonding restores teeth that are chipped, cracked, misaligned, or discolored. A plastic resin somewhat like putty is used to rebuild the teeth and make them look natural.

Visits:  Usually one, although more coplex cases may require several visits.

Durability:  A bonded tooth can usually last three to five years before it has to be touched up to correct wear or discoloration.

After the tooth is prepared, a tooht-colored plastic putty called composite resin is applied and shaped to fill in chips or to correct other problems.

The resin is exposed for 20 to 60 seconds to a bonding light that drie and hardens it. Then the tooth is smoothed and polished.