If you have stained, crooked, or chipped teeth, you may be wondering what you can do to fix them. Thankfully, there are some pain free options out there that you can try.
Dental bonding is great because it's one of the most affordable cosmetic fixes out there—sometimes it is even covered under insurance policies. During a dental bonding procedure, your dentist will use paint a durable plastic resin over teeth aberrations. If you have a chipped tooth, the resin can be sculpted to make your teeth look uniform in shape. Once the resin is placed, your dentist will use a curing light to make sure the material hardens and adheres to the enamel.
The reason why dental bonding is a pain-free procedure is because your dentist doesn't need to apply anesthetic to the gums or alter your enamel. Instead, your dentist will apply an etching gel on your teeth's surfaces. The etching gel creates a rough surface on your teeth for the resin to adhere more easily. But again, this application is pain free and doesn't require any local anesthetic.
While dental bonding is quick and painless, there are some downsides. The plastic resins can break down and aren't as durable as porcelain. If you want a material that is more durable and that doesn't stain as easily, you may want to look into painless veneers.
With traditional veneers, your dentist would need to apply a local anesthetic to your gum tissue and then shave some of your enamel off so that the veneers would fit. And even when the anesthetic wears off, your teeth may still be sore from the enamel removal. If you opt for painless veneers, you can completely skip these steps. You do not have to have your enamel shaved at all.
With painless veneers, you will still need to have impressions taken. When these impressions are sent to a lab for creation, however, the technicians will create incredibly thin veneers that can fit over your teeth's current shape. This means that if you aren't happy with the veneers, the procedure is completely reversible. Traditional veneers, on the other hand, aren't reversible because tiny portions of your enamel have been shaved off.
If most of your teeth have stains, chips, or other deviations, then painless veneers are a great way to fix all of these problems in one go. While they do tend to cost more than dental bonding, they are usually made out of more durable materials and last longer.
Contact a cosmetic dentist, such as Picone Dental - Vincent J Picone DDS, for more information on pain-free procedures.