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How are Crowns, Veneers and Bonding Used in Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry makes use of a range of treatments to improve the look of your teeth. Some of these include crowns, veneers and bonding, all of which can be used to correct cosmetic problems or to restore certain kinds of damage to the teeth.
Uses for Crowns and Veneers
Crowns are not used as frequently in cosmetic dentistry as they were at one time. This is because they have largely been replaced by veneers for cosmetic procedures. Veneers are much less invasive, requiring the removal of only a thin layer of enamel from the tooth surface. Veneers can be used to treat problems with the tooth surfaces, such as:
- Some types of staining
They can also be used to disguise small gaps or minor misalignment.
Crowns require more restructuring of the tooth to make room for them. They are used most often for severely damaged teeth, teeth that have received root canal therapy, or to anchor a cosmetic bridge to replace a missing tooth.
Uses for Cosmetic Bonding
Cosmetic bonding involves a resin that is bonded to the tooth and then sculpted into an appropriate shape. The resin is hardened with a special light, then your cosmetic dentist works with it to form the appropriate silhouette. This flexibility allows for repair of chips in the teeth, such as when the point of a molar breaks off, or can be used to make a disproportionately small tooth larger. Misshapen teeth can also be treated with cosmetic bonding, although both of these issues can also be treated with veneers. The choice of which treatment to use should be based on your dentist’s recommendation and your preference.
With cosmetic crowns, veneers, and bonding, cosmetic dentistry provides a range of treatments for various problems with the teeth that can detract from the look of your smile and thus affect your self-image. Choosing cosmetic dentistry procedures can dramatically improve the way you feel about your appearance and provide new self-confidence.
To discuss your options with our dentist, call us at the office of Dr. Randy A. Parham, D.D.S. today!
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