If you’re self-conscious about yellow or dull teeth, you have likely thought about teeth whitening treatment. However, not everyone is an appropriate candidate, as some stains do not respond well to whitening or bleaching methods. Fortunately, there are other cosmetic treatments available that can mask stains and discoloration instead of lightening teeth. Learn more about these cosmetic treatments from Dr. Wayne Sutton of Sonoma Smiles.
Dental bonding is a quick and inexpensive cosmetic procedure that involves applying a composite resin material to the surfaces of the teeth. The resin material is color-matched to blend in seamlessly with tooth enamel for a natural and inconspicuous look.
The dental bonding procedure can be completed in one dental appointment. It does not require the removal of natural tooth structure, which means if you are not happy with the results, the procedure can be reversed.
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are placed over the front surface of teeth. The process of placing veneers is more involved than that of dental bonding. The first step in placing the veneers is to prepare the teeth that will receive the veneers. This involves removing a small amount of tooth structure. Next, impressions will be made of the prepared teeth, which will be sent to a dental laboratory that will make the veneers. Once they are ready, which is usually two weeks after the first dental appointment, the dentist will bond them into place.
Porcelain veneers typically last longer than dental bonding, as porcelain is stronger than composite resin. Veneers are color-matched to the surrounding teeth. Thanks to the translucent quality of porcelain, results are beautiful and natural-looking. Please note that due to the removal of tooth structure, the process of placing veneers is irreversible.
Dental crowns are a common solution for restoring weakened or damaged teeth, but they can also be used to improve their appearance, including their color. As with veneers, the process of creating and placing crowns typically requires two dental appointments. Unlike veneers, which only cover the front surface of teeth, dental crowns cover all exterior surfaces of teeth.
Dr. Sutton can evaluate your unique case and help you select the cosmetic treatment that’s best for you. To schedule a personal appointment, please call Sonoma Smiles at (707) 585-2555 or email our office today.