Replace Composite Bonding
Bonding had been done many years ago to make the upper teeth look straight and to fill spaces. The patient was still unhappy with her smile and wanted more symmetry.
Veneers / Crowns used to create idealized shapes
Porcelain veneers and crowneers (half way between a crown and a veneer) were placed on the upper front teeth to straighten and to create the look this patient wanted.
Composite bonding is an excellent low cost cosmetic restoration
Composite bonding has been available for many years. It can be used to enhance the cosmetic appeal of any tooth. The main benefit of using composite bonding material over porcelain is that it can be placed the same day without the use of a lab techniccian. The dentist can contour composite, which is a viscous tooth colored liquid plastic, into any shape needed. The artistic talents of the dentist are challenged to recreate the natural morphology of a tooth. There is a great variation in outcomes with composites.
Composite resins vary in their longevity and polishability. Usually, a plastic filling will only appear polished for about 5 years. Although it can be re-polished, it never will look as nice as a newly placed restoration. Many patients get tired of having to replace their composite restorations and opt for more permanent alternatives such as bonded porcelain veneers.