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. Some composite bonding was reapplied to broaden her smile in the premolars.
Ultra-thin veneers are quickly becoming one of the more popular products in cosmetic dentistry today. We often use veneers to correct many of our patients’ cosmetic dental issues. With porcelain veneers, Dr. James Fondriest can change the symmetry and shape of your teeth, or correct misalignment. Ultra thin veneers are the most challenging to design but ultimately the most desirable veneers available.
Ultra Thin Veneers
Traditionally, porcelain veneers any thinner than .5 mm thick are too brittle and break easily. This means porcelain veneers typically require a certain degree of enamel reduction to make room for the veneers on the surface of your teeth. Dr. Fondriest and his Lake Forest dentist staff now offer a newly developed ultra-thin veneer that requires significantly less enamel reduction. These new low prep veneers are as thin as .2 mm and are ideal for patients who want veneers but are wary of having too much enamel removed from the surface of their teeth.
Candidacy for Ultra-Thin Veneers
No-preparation veneers offer a beautifully restored smile with a more conservative approach than traditional veneers. Our new veneers are thin ceramic sheets with translucent qualities that work much like a contact lens. They are an excellent option for patients with minimal, but pressing, cosmetic needs. Laying over the surface of your teeth, no-prep veneers allow the natural color of your teeth to show through, while masking any imperfections or slight discolorations.
We work closely with our patients to plan their cosmetic procedures in a way that best meets their expectations and needs. No-prep veneers are best for patients who need slight improvement to the shape and alignment of their teeth. Some patients may require slightly more extensive tooth reduction in order to meet their cosmetic goals. Those without gaps between their teeth and no gum recession are ideal candidates for no-prep veneers.
Why Dental Veneers Provide Durability and Longevity
Traditionally, veneers required extensive manipulation of the natural teeth. Thanks to ground-breaking and innovative technologies, we now have a simple and conservative way to replace bonding with porcelain veneers. Dr. James Fondriest will create dental veneers that are durable, and aesthetically pleasing, without compromising oral health.
Benefits of Ultra-thin Veneers
When it comes to replacing old dental bonding or other cosmetic problems with veneers, patients are offered an array of benefits. Some of the advantages of dental veneers for the replacement of old bonding include:
- They provide a natural tooth appearance
- Can be created in a relatively quick amount of time
- Offer patients durability and sustainability
- Provide stain-resistant protection
For many patients, dental veneers are an excellent choice to replace old bonding. For example, a patient may have had bonding done, but express unhappiness with its effects after some time. Dental veneers can replace the bonding from this patient, and create the look of natural, aligned teeth, while preserving overall oral health.
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 technician. 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 polish ability. 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.
Contact Lake Forest Dental Arts
If you would like to learn more about dental veneers as a replacement for old dental bonding, schedule a consultation with Dr. Fondriest by calling 847-234-0517. We look forward to providing a one-of-a-kind service for you.