Key West Dental Group in St. Charles, MO
Porcelain veneers have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility. Veneers can be performed by themselves or used in conjunction with crowns and/or selective “composite bonding” to complete the aesthetic treatment plan perfectly.
At Key West Dental in St. Charles, MO our dentists place veneers routinely, and design each case individually to match and enhance the characteristics of each patient’s smile. We use premium laboratories and materials for all veneers.
Will they look like normal teeth?
A veneer’s resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel, with all of its color and shade complexities, is unsurpassed by other restorative options. Our goal is a beautiful, age-appropriate smile that earns you compliments!
To achieve this, the typical treatment plan involves optimizing the tooth color of all teeth in the mouth, replacing unsightly or damaged fillings, and then shaping the teeth for precise impressions that are sent to the lab.
How durable are veneers?
Our labs craft veneers from the highest quality porcelains available, using hi-tech materials. For strength, we rely on the quality of the porcelain, the excellence of the lab technician and the patient. When bonded to the teeth, thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. Veneers are a commitment to a permanent change. Under ideal circumstances and care they last as long as regular full-coverage crowns.
Tooth bonding is the application of a tooth-colored resin material using adhesives and a high intensity curing light. The procedure gets its name because materials are bonded to the tooth. Bonding is typically used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. It is also used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth. Often times bonding is used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, or to protect a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed when gums recede.
Dental bonding can be considered to fix the following dental issues:
• To repair decayed teeth (composite resins are used to fill cavities)
• To repair chipped or cracked teeth
• To improve the appearance of discolored teeth
• To close spaces between teeth
• To make teeth look longer
• To change the shape of teeth
• As a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
• To protect a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed when gums recede
Dental Bonding Procedure
Dental bonding takes little to no preparation, and the use of anesthesia if often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. Your dentist will match the shade of your existing teeth to select a composite resin color that will closely match the color of your tooth.
There are two forms of dental bonding: direct composite bonding and adhesive bonding
1. Direct Composite Bonding- Direct composite bonding is the process where dentists use tooth-colored composites (white or natural-looking materials) that they have in their offices to fill cavities, repair chips or cracks, close gaps between your teeth and build up the worn-down edges of teeth. The composite materials may also be directly applied and sculpted to the surfaces of teeth that show most prominently when you smile, for minimally invasive smile makeovers. In the dental world these are called direct composite veneers but generically known by most to be called "bonding."
2. Adhesive Bonding- Adhesive bonding as opposed to direct composite bonding is the process of attaching a restoration to a tooth. This method is commonly used for aesthetic crowns, porcelain veneers, bridges and inlays/onlays. After your dentist has chosen a color that matches the shade of your teeth, he/she will roughen the surface of the tooth using a gentle phosphoric acid solution. Soon after the roughing agent is removed, a liquid bonding agent is applied. The tooth-colored putty-like resin is applied to the tooth, then molded and smoothed until it's in the desired shape. The material is then hardened with an ultraviolet curing light, and the previous step is repeated until the filing or direct composite veneer has reached its final shape. Your dentist will then polish the material until it matches the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
Key West Dental Group is located conveniently, in St. Charles, off I-70 and Zumbehl Road. Our dentists have served the St. Charles, St. Peters and O'Fallon areas for almost 30-years. We've become St. Charles county's trusted dental group; providing general dentistry, emergency dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry. If you'd like to join the Key West Dental Family, visit our New Patients page, here.