Significant research has shown that the smile is an important part of everyday social interactions. It is also important in self-esteem and confidence. However, many people do not feel comfortable smiling because they are embarrassed about various aspects of their teeth including discolorations, crowding or gaps, chips, and the size or shape of their teeth. Cosmetic dentistry offers a solution to improve the look of your teeth and restore their strength to give you the smile you have always wanted.
There are two main ways that teeth are generally restored for improved aesthetics. These include porcelain veneers and composite bonding. Porcelain veneers offer an excellent opportunity to change the size, shape, and colour of your teeth in a predictable and long-term manner. Porcelain veneers involve placing ultra-thin layers of porcelain over the front of your teeth. This may involve a minor reshaping of the teeth to accommodate the thickness of the porcelain and to create uniformity of the smile. Porcelain veneers also do not discolor over time and can help improve the strength of teeth that are chipped.
Composite bonding or composite veneers is an alternative option to porcelain veneers. Composite bonding involves placing white composite resin, the same material used for fillings, on the front of your teeth to change the size, shape, and colour of your smile. This treatment offers a conservative approach as very little preparation of your natural tooth structure is required. A key difference between composite veneers and porcelain veneers is the long-term color stability. With composite veneers, it is recommended that you have them regularly polished as they will discolor over time if not properly maintained.
If you are not happy with your smile and want to explore options to improve the look of your teeth, talk to your dentist about what options may be right for you. Your dentist will review the benefits and risks of each option and will advise what would be best for your individual circumstances.