What should you do if you break or chip a tooth? In order to protect your smile from an increased risk of cavities or infection you need dental restoration. We offer two popular forms of cosmetic restoration, porcelain veneers and cosmetic bonding. Which option will best repair your smile?

Cosmetic Bonding

With cosmetic bonding, we can repair a chipped or broken tooth in a single visit. The procedure begins with a gentle etching of the tooth surface. We then apply several layers of a composite material to the tooth. This is actually the same material we use for tooth-colored fillings. As the material cures under a light we sculpt and mold the tooth. Finally, the tooth will be polished for a lifelike finish. We can also use this option to address other cosmetic issues, including misshapen or discolored teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers require about two visits to complete and involve placing a thin porcelain shell onto the front of the tooth. We use porcelain for the material’s strength and natural looking appearance. The procedure begins with the removal of a thin layer of enamel in order to make room for the new restoration. The veneers will be created based on impressions taken of the prepared tooth. After checking the fit we will apply the veneer with a powerful bonding agent. We can also use this restoration in order to reshape a damaged or malformed tooth, mask permanent teeth stains, or correct the appearance of misalignment.

Which Procedure Will Provide the Best Smile Improvement?

There are a number of factors to take into account when choosing your restoration option. Bonding is a more cost effective option, but veneers offer a completely natural looking appearance. We often recommend bonding for small chips or teeth near the back of the mouth. Veneers are best for teeth near the front of the mouth.

ABOUT YOUR WACO, TX DENTIST

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, please contact us at (254) 776-4888. Our office welcomes patients living in Waco, Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and nearby cities.