Not everyone is an ideal candidate for teeth whitening. Teeth whitening isn’t recommended if you have tooth colored fillings, crowns or bonding on your front teeth. The whitening gel cannot change the color of these types of dental materials, which will make them stand out in your freshly whitened smile. In such cases, patients may want to look into alternative options, such as veneers or dental bonding.
What are veneers?
Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic that are bonded to the front of your teeth to improve their appearance or function. Veneers can aid in improving teeth that are severely discolored, chipped or misshaped. Veneers are stain-resistant to classic stains, making them a very popular option for people looking to have a perfect smile. There are two types of veneers:
- Porcelain veneers. This type of veneer must first be fabricated in a dental lab to fit your teeth and typically requires two office visits. Porcelain veneers cost between $1000-$2,500 per tooth and last from 15-20 years, depending on well you care for them.
- Composite veneers. This type of veneer is bonded to your tooth enamel in a single visit. Composite veneers cost much less, around $250 per tooth, but only last around 5-7 years.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding uses a tooth-colored composite resin to restore teeth that are chipped or broken, slightly gapped, discolored or misshapen. Bonding can also be used as a cosmetic alternative to silver fillings. After applying a mild etching solution that slightly roughens the surface of your tooth and allows the bonding material to adhere, your dentist will apply the composite resin and will begin to sculpt and shape the bonding material. Following the sculpting, your dentist will use a high-intensity light to harden the material and then finely polish the restoration.
- Several patients choose bonding over silver fillings due to it looking more natural. The material can be match to your natural tooth color.
- A disadvantages of bonding compared to silver fillings is that they are bit more pricey, costing from $300-$600 per tooth. Also, because the bonding material is more porous, smokers will see that it yellows.
Only a dental professional can help determine if you’re an ideal candidate for veneers or dental bonding. If you would like to see if you’re an ideal candidate for veneers or bonding, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information regarding dental bonding or veneers.
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