Last week, we discussed the difference between dental fillings and dental crowns, explaining the dental issues that each addresses. Both can resolve similar problems, but deciding which treatment is the better option determines on the severity of your condition. This is true for any dental issue, and today’s dentistry focuses on offering patients different options, each of them optimal for specific cases. As we continue to explore the diversity of dentistry, Lafayette dentist, Dr. Michael Young explains two more common procedures that he employs to create masterpiece smiles for his patients.
Fix Discolored or Chipped Teeth with Dental Bonding
If your tooth is lightly to mildly stained, then professional tooth-whitening treatments can typically resolve the issue. Sometimes, however, a stain can be more stubborn than the whitening agent, or it may originate from within the tooth. Either way, stains may not always react favorably to chemical bleaching, in which case your smile requires an innovative solution. Using the same white composite resin material used for dental fillings, Dr. Young can apply the resin to surface of your tooth, mold the material to the precisely correct shape, and harden the material with a special curing light. The resin closely matches the natural color and tint of your smile, offering a restoration that discretely completes your smile. Dental bonding is most popular for correcting chipped teeth, craze lines (small cracks in your tooth’s enamel), odd spaces between teeth, and many other cosmetic dental issues.
A Versatile Solution to Multiple Problems
If you have more than one tooth that requires attention, or if the issue is greater than dental bonding’s ability, then Dr. Young may recommend that you opt for porcelain veneers, which are wafer-thin shells of strong dental porcelain. Dr. Young will prepare your target teeth by removing a small amount of enamel from the front surface to allow room for the veneers to sit comfortably. After the teeth are prepared, the veneers are bonded to their fronts, creating a bright, beautiful, and blemish-free smile. Their versatility has made porcelain veneers a favored and indispensable tool in smile makeover creations.
Perfect Your Smile with Your Lafayette Dentist
If you live in the 70508 area and would like to learn more about restoring your bright and healthy smile, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Young, call our Lafayette dentist office at (337) 237-6453.