What options are available for changing the shape of my teeth and/or restoring broken teeth?

Options available are bonding, crowns, veneers, and recontouring.

  • Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied to the tooth surface and hardened with a curing light, which ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth.
  • Dental crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” that are placed over teeth. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully cover the entire visible portion of a tooth (the crown) that lies at and above the gum line.
  • Veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials that are designed to cover the front surface of teeth. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth.
  • Recontouring/reshaping of the teeth is a procedure in which small amounts of tooth enamel are removed to change a tooth’s length, shape or surface.

Each of these options differ with regard to cost, durability, “chair time” necessary to complete the procedure, stain resistant qualities, and best cosmetic approach to resolving a specific problem. The dentist will discuss the best option for you .​

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