Bonding and Whitening

I’m finally going to be able to get a chip on my front tooth repaired. I’ve been saving up for this all year. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting my teeth whitened in a few months also, but wondered how it would affect the bonding I’m getting done on my front tooth. Will whitening damage bonding?

Kevin- Baltimore

Kevin,

Teeth Whitening will not affect your bonding at all, and that includes actually whitening it. Whatever color your bonding is when it is placed on your tooth, that is the whitest it will ever be. Therefore, my recommendation would be to have your teeth whitened first  to the whitening level you desire, and then have your dental bonding done to match it.

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Porcelain Veneers

I am thinking of getting porcelain veneers. I can’t afford to get them on all my teeth. What are the minimum number of veneers you can get?

Carol G.- Little Rock, AR

Carol,

There isn’t really a minimum number of porcelain veneers. You can get just one veneer, or an entire set. It is completely up to you. You and your dentist should sit down and discuss what kind of smile you desire. Then, evaluating your current smile should give him an idea of the minimum number necessary to accomplish your goal. Often you don’t need venners on any of your bottom teeth, or even all your top teeth to transform your smile.

I will caution you to make sure you go to an expert cosmetic dentist to do this, otherwise you will be disappointed in the results. Any dentist can call themselves a cosmetic dentist  and may do cosmetic procedures, because it is not a recognized specialty. You want someone who doesn’t just know how to do the procedures, but does it with artistry. Look for a dentist in your area who is recommended on mynewsmile.com. This is an informative cosmetic dentistry website that recommends exceptional cosmetic dentists in each state. Dr. Bader is a recommended dentist for Massachusetts. He had to submit not only his training credentials, but samples of his work to demonstrate his artistry. It is not an easy site to get a recommendation from. Anyone you find on there will be safe.

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