Whitening Veneers and Cosmetic Dentistry Bonding
Cosmetic dental care is a massive industry, people strive for beautiful smiles and will happily pay large amounts of money for a nice white set of teeth.
As children we always hated the visits to the orthodontists, the braces they made us wear to straighten our teeth, at the time, we didnt realise just how crooked our teeth were at the time and as we got older just how important those uncomfortable visits were.
Over the last twenty years tooth care has evolved, and we can now not just shape and move our teeth to improve our smiles, but we can also reverse probably the most unwanted problem with our teeth; staining and discolouration.
Teeth whitening has grown into a massive industry, the methods vary widely, as do the costs involved, most treatments have their pros and cons, some are single one off treatments, others required numerous treatments spreading over over several months.
Two methods of cosmetic whitening are whitening veneers and cosmetic bonding. Veneers are available in two types; porcelain veneers which are the most common and Direct or Composite veneers. veneers are small strips of either porcelain or plastic that are fixed to the font of your teeth to conceal any severe staining or discolouration.
These treatments are ideal for people who have severe staining that bleaching can not recify, veneers however, do not last for ever and will need replacing in time, porcelain veneers do last quite a bit longer han the composite ones, usually up to around 12-15 years. Having porcelain veneers can be quite involved, requiring numerous trips to the dental surgery as they do need to be shaped and moulded to fit your idividual teeth. Composite Veneers can usually be fitted in one visit.but will only last between 5 and 7 years,
Cosmetic Dentistry Bonding
Another alternative is cosmetic bonding. It is a different way to improve the colour of your teeth, it is also used to reshape or restore teeth, or fill gaps. It involves the injection of a composite resin onto and between the teeth. It is widely used to fill gaps and can look really natural. The only downside with this treatment is that if in particular you are a smoker, the nicotine can quickly discolour the resin back to its original state.