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Every person would like to have a perfect smile, but nature is rarely so accommodating. Even if you're one of the lucky ones whonever desirable braces, the rough-and-tumble of life, along with lifestyle such as smoking or drinking coffee, invariably result in chips, stains, or an overall dirty look.

Until quite recently, there wasn't a lot the normal person could do to get better the appearance of teeth away from having them cleaned once or twice a year. In the last two decades, however, improvements in dental materials and healing techniques have made it possible for most of us to have close to model-perfect teeth that resist color changes and are almost as strong as the originals.

If you have been considering ways to make brighter your smile or exact imperfections, there's never been a better time to do it. Demand for beauty dental procedures is greater than ever, in part because baby boomers with money to spend are looking for ways to feel and look younger.


Bonding uses a tooth-colored composite resin (plastic) to restore a decomposed, chipped, broken or discolored tooth.

Bonding can be done in a single visit, unlike veneers, which are manufactured in a laboratory and need a tailored mold to attain a good in shape.ryans-tooth-care-bonding1

The process is called bonding because the material bonds to the tooth.

Bonding is among the easiest and smallest amount expensive of cosmetic dental procedures.

The composite resin used in bonding can be shaped and refined to match the nearby teeth.

Most often, bonding is used for cosmetic purposes to get better the exterior of a discolored or chipped tooth.

It also can be used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth.

Sometimes, bonding also is used as a cosmetic substitute to amalgam fillings, or to defend a piece of the tooth's root that has been exposed when gums recede.



Veneers are ultra thin shells of ceramic or resin material that are bonded to the front of teeth, much in the same way that artificial fingernails are attached to the normal fingernails. The only condition is that the teeth be structurally sound.ryans-tooth-care-veneers1 Veneers are used to correct cosmetic defects on teeth or to correct the bite (the way the teeth come together). Cosmetic imperfections that can be corrected with veneers include teeth that are slightly bent or discolored, chipped teeth, gaps between teeth or rough teeth. In the past, the only way to correct these or other imperfections was to cover the teeth with a crowns.


The benefit of veneers over crowns is that the teeth need less extensive shaping prior to the procedure. Sometimes this means that little or no anesthetic is required. However, some teeth will require more extensive shaping before getting veneers.Veneers made from porcelain or resin look natural. Porcelain veneers oppose stains from coffee, tea or smoking better than resin veneers.

Veneers made from porcelain or resin look natural. Porcelain veneers oppose stains from coffee, tea or smoking better than resin veneers.

On the other hand, resin veneers can be made thinner so that less tooth arrangement needs to be removed before they are applied. Your dentist will decide whether to use porcelain or resin based on your situation. ryans-tooth-care-veneers2

Veneers usually need three dental visits: one for a discussion and two to complete the veneers.