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Veneers

When do we consider veneers instead of bonding?

Meet “Carol”. Carol was concerned about the appearance of her front teeth. She had previous bonding in the past which had stained and chipped. The two lateral incisors are also dark when compared to the other teeth. 

In order to improve Carol’s smile, we needed to mask the darkness of the lateral incisors and lengthen them in order to achieve pleasing proportions. The two front teeth also had to be narrowed very slightly in order to balance the smile. With the changes needed in the colour and shape of the teeth, in addition to the fact that the teeth already had bonding that was failing, I decided that veneers were the best treatment option for Carol. 

How do I determine the correct proportions? Before we started any treatment, I took a series of photographs and study models in order to plan Carol’s treatment.  I then let Carol try out the proposed changes with temporary veneers

Temporary veneers are a very important part of the treatment because they allow me to fine tune the way the future veneers will look, feel and function during speaking and chewing. The front teeth have a very precise position in the mouth in order to look and feel good and the temporary veneers help me determine that position. 

The picture of the veneers is a few years after the original picture was taken. Carol has been speaking, chewing and smiling with these veneers for some time now. I wonder if Carol realizes how much she makes me smile when she comes in for her cleanings

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Repair of Chipped, Stained & Discoloured Bonding

At Soho Dental, we have great pride in the care that we offer our patients from all our practitioners.

Our wonderful associate dentist, Dr. Monica Ramirez would like to share a recent treatment that she just completed.

In the before picture, one can see that patient had bonding completed many years ago and it was beginning to fail. The bonding has chipped, stained and discoloured.

Dr. Ramirez replaced all the bonding, which will ensure a pleasing and aesthetic smile for the patient for years to come!

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Old or Discoloured Bonding

Bonding with composite resin allows us to repair chips, fractures and discoloration conservatively. The underlying tooth structure is not removed and the integrity of the tooth is intact. This is different from some other treatment options such as crowns or veneers.

Bonding has a lifespan of about 5 years at which time it may chip or discolour.  The good news is that it is easily replaced and because the underlying tooth structure remains unchanged, re-doing the bonding is just as conservative as the original treatment.

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Bonding

Bonding is the application of a tooth colored filling material (composite resin) to repair chipped, fractured or decayed teeth.  Bonding, when used on the front teeth, can be a non- invasive treatment modality to solve many simple esthetic issues.  Worn teeth can be made longer,  spaces between the teeth can be closed, fractured teeth can be repaired, slightly misaligned teeth can be made to look more pleasing, in addition to many other applications.

Often, bonding does not involve local anesthetic.  The preparation is very conservative and only involves lightly abrading the tooth surface involved in order to get the bonding to adhere.  The tooth colored filling material is then applied and “bonded” to the tooth.

Once it has adhered to the tooth, it is shaped and polished to match the surrounding tooth structure. The procedure usually takes only one appointment. The material does have a life span of about 5-10 years and it can discolor or chip overtime. Replacing the filling material is simple, especially since the tooth preparation is minimal.  Please do not hesitate to ask us more about bonding and to see if you may be a candidate for this simple procedure to improve your smile.

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