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Portway Dentistry’s Bonding and Veneers in Brantford

Minor dental problems, such as tiny chips or spaces, are easy to overlook. Why bother wasting time and money on something that really doesn’t seem serious enough to warrant professional attention? The answer is simple: small problems have a tendency to worsen, and can have much more serious consequences in the long run. This is why Portway Dentistry offers residents of Brantford dental bonding and veneers services. Nip the problem in the bud, and improve the look of your smile at the same time!

Dental Bonding

What is Dental Bonding and How is it Performed?

Dental bonding is a painless procedure that your dentist uses to repair minor problems with your teeth, such as chips and tiny cracks. A tooth-coloured compound, called composite resin, is applied to your damaged tooth, then shaped to match the rest of your teeth.

Your dentist can either perform dental bonding to several teeth, in a single visit, or can spread the treatment throughout multiple visits if many teeth need to be worked on. Here is a brief overview of how the treatment is carried out:

  • A thin plastic film is placed between your teeth to protect the gums, and neighbouring teeth, from stray resin. The tooth-coloured resin is applied to the tooth targeted for repair (sometimes several layers are necessary). A bonding chemical is then applied to the resin which acts as an adhesive and allows the resin to stick to your tooth. After all necessary layers of resin, as well as the bonding chemical, are applied, your dentist will use a special light to harden the resin around your tooth. Once the compound is completely hardened, your dentist will proceed to shaping the coated tooth so that it seamlessly fits in with neighbouring teeth, giving your smile a natural appearance.

Over time and due to natural wear-and-tear, the bonding may need a touch up. Your dentist will keep a close eye on the integrity of the treatment during each future visit, in order to make sure the results of the treatment last as long as possible.

Dental Veneers

What are Dental Veneers and How do They Work?

Dental veneers are thin shells that cover the front of your teeth and improve their appearance. Usually made of porcelain or resin, these shells are wafer-thin, and are custom-built to fit your teeth. They are ideal for repairing chipped or cracked teeth, as well as for reducing large spaces between the teeth.

Porcelain veneers are most popular because they reflect light like natural teeth and resist stains better than other veneer options. Your dentist can perform a porcelain veneer treatment in two dental visits. Here is how the procedure is carried out:

  • A very thin layer of enamel is removed from the front of your natural tooth in order to make room for the veneer.
  • A mold is then made of your teeth. This mold is used to customize the veneers for a perfect fit.
  • Temporary veneers are placed over the affected teeth while your custom veneers are being built (these temporary caps can be quite fragile, so they need to be treated delicately while you wait for your permanent veneers).
  • During your next visit, once the real veneers are built, your dentist will remove the temporary caps, coat your teeth with an adhesive compound, and place the permanent veneers over the resin.

Dental bonding and veneers correct small and large problems in your teeth. The procedures are simple and relatively pain-free, and will help prevent future issues. Our location in Brantford has general dentists ready to help you choose the right treatment. Contact Portway Dentistry and set up an appointment!

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