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Bonding & Tooth Colored Filling (White Filling)
Tooth-colored fillings are a solution which can repair several minor problems such as small cavities or chips. These fillings are made of a composite resin, which closely mimics the shade and texture of the enamel on your natural teeth.
No one will be able to tell that you’ve had a tooth-colored filling done, or that you’ve chipped a front tooth once it has been restored with the composite resin. Our team will locate the resin color that’s a perfect match to the rest of your smile, and we’ll polish the filling until seamless integration with the restored tooth has been achieved. At Crystal Lake, we only use tooth-colored composite for fillings, because we know that’s the best way to get outstanding results.
Video 01:00 These days, there’s no reason to settle for a smile that’s less than ideal. Bonding is a dental technique that can improve the appearance of teeth by repairing chips, cracks, stains or gaps.
What is composite resin bonding?
Composite resin bonding is a technique that uses a tooth-colored filling material. Its purpose is to restore teeth affected by decay, and repair minor imperfections that can negatively affect your smile, such as chips in front teeth or small gaps. The filling material is available in several shades, which allows our team to locate the one that’s a perfect match to your natural teeth. Once polished, the composite resin bonding is virtually impossible to see. Our team are experts at creating these almost-invisible fillings, which ensures outstanding cosmetic results.
How does composite resin bonding transform your smile?
Many patients can benefit from the bonding technique, because it can fix:
Teeth restored with composite resin bonding can last for many years. Composite resins have remained a popular choice since they first hit the market: this is because few other bonding materials can match the lifespan and aesthetic results as composite resins. Anterior cosmetic fillings must be protected from the stresses of clenching and grinding in order to make them last. The best way to do this is to not use bonded teeth for biting into things or to open packages. You should also protect them with a night guard to help avoid breaking or chipping.
How do I care for tooth-colored fillings?
Composite fillings don’t require any special care. However, the better care you take of them, the longer your fillings will last. That being said, you should focus on good oral hygiene to keep your fillings in good condition. Along with brushing and flossing twice daily, we also recommend that patients visit our office regularly for professional cleanings. Our team at Crystal Lake are always here to ensure your oral health is sound, so be sure to schedule regular check-ups to have your smile examined and your teeth professionally cleaned!
Dental veneers are the ideal option for patients seeking dramatic enhancement of their smiles. This cosmetic treatment can correct many types of dental imperfections and issues, including discoloration, wear on the teeth, small gaps or discrepancies in size.
Video 01:00 | If your teeth are chipped, cracked or stained you may want to consider veneers.
What is a porcelain veneer?
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell that’s placed over the visible front part of the tooth to improve its appearance. Veneers look like natural teeth, and as a result, they give patients the confidence to talk, laugh, and smile in public without worry.
What can porcelain veneers correct?
Porcelain veneers can correct a wide range of cosmetic problems. Each veneer is custom-made for the individual patient; our dentist will take the time to create your new smile and match the color and shape of the veneers to the rest of your teeth. Once they are in place, veneers look like your natural teeth, only better.
Porcelain veneers can be the perfect solution to common dental issues like:
Veneers vs. crowns
What’s the difference between a veneer and a crown? While a veneer covers only the front of a tooth, a crown covers the entire tooth surface, both in front and in back. Preparing the tooth for a veneer will leave more of the natural enamel intact.
In some cases, our dentist may decide that a patient needs crowns in addition to veneers in order to achieve their desired cosmetic results. In some cases, the teeth may not be strong enough to support veneers. But in a majority of cases, porcelain veneers are the ideal option and will provide patients with the cosmetic look they’re longing for.
The advantages to choosing porcelain veneers
If you have ever felt self-conscious about how your smile looks, veneers may be the way to help you build the confidence you lack. In as few as two visits, you can have a brand new smile that you’ll be proud to show off.
Porcelain veneers can last for several years, as long as they’re properly maintained. And because they don’t stain as easily as natural teeth, veneers will always look as great as the first day.
What to Expect
A common question for patients considering veneers is whether they will damage the teeth. Although veneers won’t ruin teeth, they will permanently alter tooth structure. Therefore, patients should be certain about this cosmetic procedure before starting treatment.
The steps to getting porcelain veneers are as follows:
Many patients worry about the lifespan of their veneers. The length of time veneers will last largely depends on how well they are taken care of. Patients who don’t brush properly and neglect to floss daily will find that their porcelain veneers last only a few years. But, patients who have good oral hygiene, visit the dentist on a regular basis for professional cleanings, don’t use treated teeth to open packages, and who wear a night guard will likely enjoy their veneers for decades.
In-office and take-home professional tooth whitening
Tooth whitening is by far one of the most popular and most desired cosmetic treatments. At Crystal Lake Dental, we’re pleased to offer Zoom whitening in our office, as well as custom bleach trays and prefabricated disposable trays.
All of the above systems can whiten your teeth, but if you want to achieve more dramatic results in less time, we also advise that you take advantage of the in-office whitening treatment, followed by our at-home options like whitening strips.
Ask our dentist about these on your next visit, and you’ll learn just how safe and comfortable they are. Not only that, but you’ll achieve excellent results without having to spend hours in the dentist’s chair!
Should I whiten my teeth?
We always encourage our patients to ask as many questions as possible during their visits to our office. Our professional team at Crystal Lake is more than happy to help you decide on the whitening treatment that’s the best for you. We’ll take the time to explain all the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment to you. And together, we’ll determine the best way to proceed to get you the aesthetic results you seek.