Veneers & Composite Bonding

A Beautiful Smile That Lasts

As we age, our teeth begin to show a lifetime of wear and tear. Even if we have good dental hygiene routines and see the dentist regularly, our smiles may not look the way we hope. At Sonrisas Dental Miami, we are proud to offer cosmetic dentistry options – such as Porcelain Veneers and Composite Bonding – to help our patients achieve the look and feel of a smile they can be confident wearing and repair the damage from years of use.

Veneers

Our teeth go through a lot over the decades – and our enamel can never grow back or be repaired. When your teeth have reached a point where whitening would do more damage than good and the chips in the teeth are starting to become larger or more painful, it may be time to consider Veneers.

Veneers are thin, custom-made shells that can be made of porcelain, BruxZir® Esthetic Zirconia, Obsidian lithium silicate ceramic, or IPS e.max® lithium disilicate. The Veneers are bonded to the front surface of the teeth. Veneers are custom-made in a dental laboratory based on impressions of your teeth. They can be fabricated to precise specifications, including color, shape, size, and translucency, to achieve a lifelike and aesthetically pleasing result.

 

Veneers Before & After Photos

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The Process of Getting Veneers

At Sonrisas Dental Miami, we choose to use the highest quality IPS e.max lithium disilicate for Veneers.  Here are the steps involved in the process:

  • Initial Consult & Digital Imaging. Dr. Waich and our team at Sonrisas will talk with you about the pros and cons of veneers and do an initial exam to establish the health of your teeth. We will then take digital images of your teeth.
  • Custom Fabrication. The digital impressions are sent to the dental lab where the veneers are custom-made to your unique specifications.
  • Prepping the Teeth. Veneers require more extensive preparation of the tooth surface than composite bonding, usually involving the removal of a thin layer of enamel to accommodate the thickness of the veneer. Before application, Dr. Waich will shave the top layer of enamel to allow for the thickness of the veneers to sit well on top of the tooth.
  • Application & Bonding. Once the veneers are made, Dr. Waich will apply them to your teeth in a temporary fashion which will allow you to feel the fit and make any necessary adjustments before the final application and bonding. Once the fit feels perfect, Dr. Waich will permanently bond the veneers to the teeth using a specialized curing light that hardens the adhesive.

The results will vary, but most patients will enjoy 15-20 years of beautiful, bright smiles. Of course, the results will be based on lifestyle, care of the teeth, overall dental health, and dental hygiene.

composite veneersComposite Bonding

Another amazing option for patients who want whiter smiles or who want to fix broken teeth or gaps in the teeth is Composite Bonding – sometimes referred to as Composite Veneers or Resin Veneers. Made from the same material as white fillings, Composite Bonding is an excellent choice for many patients who may not want to go as invasive as veneers but still want a beautiful smile.

The Process of Composite Bonding

The major benefit of Composite Bonding is that it is not as invasive as Porcelain Veneers. No enamel needs to be removed to prep for this option, and because no impressions are being sent off to the dental lab, this option can be a lot more affordable as well. Here is what to expect:

  • Initial Consult & Digital Images. Our team will do an initial exam and take digital images to ensure the health of the teeth is good and that there aren’t any other issues that need to be addressed first. During this consult, Dr. Waich will show you varying shades of the resin that can be applied. This shade will closely match the natural color of your teeth or can be a few shades whiter depending on your desire.
  • Application. Dr. Waich will start by ‘roughing up’ the tooth (similar to sanding a piece of furniture before staining or painting to ensure a good adhesion). She will then apply a conditioning solution to the surface of the tooth to enhance the adhesion of the composite resin. The composite resin material, which is a tooth-colored putty-like substance, is then applied directly to the tooth and carefully sculpted, shaped, and molded to achieve the desired shape and contours.
  • Curing & Bonding. Once the composite resin is sculpted into the desired shape, it is hardened (cured) using a special curing light. This process activates the bonding agents in the resin, ensuring a strong and durable bond to the tooth structure. Multiple layers of composite resin may be applied and cured to achieve the desired thickness and opacity.
  • Final Touches & Polishing. Once the bonding material has been cured, Dr. Waich will further refine and polish the bonded tooth to blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth and create a smooth, natural-looking surface. Any excess material will be trimmed and polished to ensure a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing result.

Who Could Benefit from Veneers or Composite Bonding?

Many patients could benefit from Porcelain Veneers or Composite Bonding, but specifically, patients who have felt like their smiles have hindered their confidence either from gaps or chips in the teeth to discoloration or damaged enamel will benefit the most.