Veneers and Bonding

Bonding is the process of applying a composite material to the teeth, adding tooth structure where needed. The results achieved with bonding can be miraculous. In a single visit, teeth can be transformed in size, shape and color, creating a beautiful smile in just hours.

Two types of material can be bonded to the tooth – porcelain veneers created in a laboratory and a composite resin material that is sculpted during application.

Porcelain Veneers

To place porcelain veneers, Dr. Eubank will first determine if the patient’s bite needs to be balanced. After performing the bite balancing procedure – if necessary – a thin layer of tooth enamel will be removed to prepare the tooth for the veneer. Molds of the teeth are created and sent to the laboratory, where porcelain veneers that match the color, shape and size of the tooth are sculpted. This is a labor-intensive procedure that requires an artistic eye.

After the veneers have been created in the lab, Dr. Eubank will try them on the patient. Once bonded to the tooth, veneers are difficult to remove, so the veneers are carefully evaluated to ensure that the fit and appearance of each veneer is exactly what the patient needs and wants. Once the veneers have been evaluated, they can be bonded to the teeth.

Veneers are many times more durable than bonding, resist stains, and will never lose their shiny surface. They can fix flaws and create a beautiful, long-lasting smile. Because Dr. Eubank balances the bite during the procedure, bruxing is minimized, and the new veneers can last a lifetime.

 

Bonding

For many cases, bonding composite resin to the tooth is a relatively simple way to correct flaws. Often accomplished in one office visit, bonding is also one of the most cost-effective methods of improving the appearance and function of the teeth. Frequently, bonding is done at the same time as bite balancing – bonding is a significant part of finding the right fit. We bond teeth to change their appearance and to help them fit together properly.

To bond teeth, a small amount of composite resin is applied to the teeth. At this point, Dr. Eubank then sculpts and shapes the material until it meets his demanding aesthetic and functional standards. After sculpting the material, the resin is hardened with a blue light, creating tooth structure that is significantly harder than natural tooth.