"Composite Bonding" can stain, chip, and wear
The composite bonding on this patient's front teeth had been done 6 years earlier and had chipped and stained. The patient did not like the shapes of her front teeth and wanted her lateral incisors lengthened. Although bonded composite can be a phenomenal conservative low cost service, it is frequently considered a more temporary solution when the goal is to permanently change the shape, length, brightness, arrangment of front teeth. Porcelain veneers are more appropriate stronger longer term solutions that will not attract stains like composites. Most veneers can be expected to have an attractive service life of 20 years.
Porcelain veneers were used to brighten, lengthen, and straighten her smile
This patient wanted a "white and bright" smile without blemishes. She also wanted her incisal edges to be straight or more uniform. We made them appear just like a magazine photograph that she brought in. Now, when she comes in for hygiene visits, her teeth are not covered with coffee and wine stains. She isn't constantly worried that something is going to chip off either. By the way, after we did her veneers, she lost 20 lbs. No, veneers don't cause weight loss :) . She just felt so much better about herself, she started taking better care of other things also. SHE IS HAPPY! So are we.
Why Replacing Composite Bonding Yields Stellar Results
Cosmetic bonding, often referred to as dental bonding, is an economical, minimally invasive option for smile enhancement. For many patients, this treatment is all they require to achieve their aesthetic goals. Others may wish to upgrade their appearance with porcelain veneers, which are custom-made, ultra-thin restorations that adhere to the front surfaces of the teeth. At Lake Forest Dental Arts in Chicago, IL, Dr. James Fondriest can replace old composite bonding with veneers to help you achieve the smile you desire.
What is the Process Like?
Dr. Fondriest will use special dental instruments to remove your old composite bonding. Next, the teeth are prepared for your new restorations. It will likely be necessary to remove small amounts of enamel. This will increase the bonding surface and help your restorations adhere properly. In some cases, however, little to no natural tooth structure needs to be removed. Once the teeth are prepared, impressions are taken and sent to a trained ceramist at a dental lab. There, your custom porcelain veneers will be crafted.
Once your restorations are complete, you will see Dr. Fondriest for a second appointment. During this visit, dental etch and a mild conditioning liquid will be applied to the teeth. Finally, the veneers are bonded into place, and any necessary adjustments are made.
Upgrading composite bonding to porcelain veneers
Composite restorations can be very beautiful if done well. Even the very best don’t last forever. Usually the luster is lost on a composite filling after an average of 5 years and the total life span averages only 7 years. Use of composites is problematic for sontact sport athletes or if you grind your teeth. Dr. Fondriest discourages use of composite bonded veneers for these patients because plastic is only 30% the strength of natural teeth. If your natural teeth can wear or chip, then plastic will not be a god replacement material. The porcelains commonly used for veneers approach the durability of natural teeth and tend to much more likely to hold up than composite.
Contact Lake Forest Dental Arts
Interested in replacing your old composite bonding? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Fondriest by calling 847-234-0517. We can design a personalized treatment plan to deliver the look you’ve always wanted.