Signs of wear and tear, such as chipped teeth, stubborn stains, and other conditions mar the appearance of your smile. Dr. Doug Worful disguises cosmetic imperfections with composite dental bonding at Alpharetta Smile Care. This common and straightforward process replicates natural, healthy tooth structure.
Also known as “direct veneers,” bonding uses a composite resin material made from a mix of dental plastic and glass to replace worn or damaged enamel. Dr. Worful uses his combination of technical dental training and artistic skill to color-match the resin to the surrounding tooth structure and neighboring teeth. The pliable material is then placed directly on the teeth and sculpted to cover up chips, gaps, and other cosmetic concerns. Once hardened or “bonded” to the natural tooth, composite resin is very sturdy and should look and feel no different than your unaltered teeth.
Bonding requires little to no preparation of the natural tooth. Dr. Worful only slightly etches or “texturizes” the surface of the tooth. Next, he spreads a thin layer of conditioning liquid on the tooth. This product helps composite resin secure to the natural tooth structure. Dr. Worful’s keen understanding of dental aesthetics shines when he manipulates this pliable material. He may shape the resin to cover up chipped teeth. Likewise, in his skilled hands, resin may be contoured to add “height” to a worn-down tooth or to correct an irregularly-shaped tooth. Your dentist can also create the appearance of aligned teeth and a more balanced smile by covering up gaps and other spacing issues. A light-based curing device is then directed to the treatment sites to harden the putty-like resin onto the tooth. Final polishing and refinements are made as the “finishing touch” on this fast, hassle-free, and cost-efficient method to dramatically improve the appearance of your smile.
Bonded teeth require little to no alteration. So, unlike its indirect veneer counterpart (porcelain veneers), composite veneers are a reversible procedure. Since minimal enamel is removed, risks such as tooth sensitivity are also minimized. The process is well-tolerated without numbing medications. Often, bonding can be completed in a single visit. It is also more affordable than indirect porcelain veneers.
Bruxers or patients who clench and grind their teeth will need to wear a custom night-guard or oral appliance during sleep. These appliances protect the bonded teeth from damage. Porcelain veneers may be a great value for you, especially if you are looking for a stain-resistant and long-lasting alternative. If you have active decay or disease, Dr. Worful will resolve those conditions before moving forward with cosmetic treatment as needed. Alternative restorative treatments include tooth-colored fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns. Likewise, patients with severe malocclusion or bite problems will benefit from orthodontic treatments.
Call (678) 762-1601 to schedule your appointment at Alpharetta Smile Care.