An Alternative to Veneers, Composite Resins are Stronger Than Ever
Instead of porcelain veneers for your smile makeover, consider cosmetic bonding with composite resin. While a porcelain veneer or a crown requires a dentist to grind down some of the existing tooth structure, necessitating the use of anesthesia and the drill, composite resin is applied directly to the existing tooth structure. As a result, it is less expensive.
A composite resin is a tooth-colored plastic mixture filled with glass (silicon dioxide). Introduced in the 1960s, dental composites were confined to the front teeth because they were not strong enough to withstand the pressure and wear generated by the back teeth. Since then, composites have been significantly improved and can be successfully placed in the back teeth as well. Composites are not only used for restoring decay, but are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
Many dentists refer to this technique as cosmetic bonding. This technique involves placing a composite resin directly onto the enamel of the teeth. Composite resin has the appearance and consistency of dough until it is exposed to a special cure light.
Composite bonding can look as good as porcelain veneers.
Talk to Dr. Carter about the option of cosmetic bonding with composite resin.