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Dental Bonding is the More Affordable Solution to Dental Veneers

By Pamela Li, in Articles, on November 18, 2012 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – If you suffer from teeth that are chipped, cracked or damaged in some way, you know how much it can affect not only your smile, but the way you feel as well.

There are two treatment options that are available to correct minor flaws in your smile: porcelain veneers and dental bonding. However, one of these options is more affordable than the other.

“In recent years I have seen a growing number of people opt for dental bonding over veneers, simply because they are more affordable,” said Dr. Pamela Li one of the dentists in Ottawa.

Ottawa Porcelain Veneers will set you back around $1,300 per tooth, while bonding is less than half that at around $500 per tooth.

“Sometimes it’s not the price that deters people, it’s trying to decide which look they want and are unsure about the permanence that comes with veneers,” the dental care professional said. “People will opt for bonding for a while and then find they are more comfortable with the next step, which is veneers.”

Bonding
In addition to being used as white fillings for small cavities, bonding is also used to improve the appearance of chipped and broken teeth and to fill gaps. Bonding is a tooth-colored resin that does not have to be made in a lab like veneers, and treatment can be completed in as little as 30 minutes.

Once your tooth is roughened up and a conditioning liquid is applied to help the bonding material adhere, the resin is applied, molded and smoothed to the desired shape. Using a special ultraviolet light, the material is hardened. After the bonding is hard, your dentist will trim, shape and polish it to make it look like your natural tooth.

In recent years, dental professionals have begun to use more esthetic resins, which are available in a variety of opacities. There are more opaque resins to mimic dentin, moderately translucent to mimic enamel and translucent resins for the final surface layer. A more natural result is achieved by using this layering technique, as there is more depth so it looks more like your natural tooth.

While bonding will last for a number of years, it has more limitations than veneers, said Dr. Li. Bonding does not have the high shine finish of porcelain and has to be maintained, as they can chip and stain more easily.

Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are often referred to as the “Cadillac” of cosmetic dentistry, said the Ottawa teeth cleaning provider. Veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to fit over the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers can change the shape, color, length, and size of your teeth and can be custom colored to match the rest of your teeth perfectly.

Veneers can be bonded to one or two teeth or they can be used on all your teeth, depending on the result you are looking to achieve. Impressions will be taken for a diagnostic wax-up so you can see ahead of time what the final restorations will look like. Then a stent is made from the wax up to ensure the temporary veneers are the exact shape of the final restorations. This gives you an opportunity to see what your new smile will look like before the veneers are even made.

To prepare your teeth for veneers, your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the tooth surface. Final impressions are taken and the custom temporary veneers are placed on your teeth. Your veneers will come back from the dental laboratory in a few weeks. Before placing the veneers, your teeth will be cleaned, polished and roughened to allow the veneer to adhere. Special cement is applied and the veneer is placed on your tooth. It will be cured to your tooth with a special light beam once in its proper place.

“Veneers are a permanent way to change the appearance of your smile,” said Dr. Li, Ottawa Implant Dentist, “While veneers are much stronger and natural looking, their cost is their greatest downfall. Bonding is a good and affordable alternative.”

To determine which procedure is right for you, it is recommended that you meet with a cosmetic dentistry professional to discuss your concerns and smile goals.

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Celebrate NCDHM by Brushing Up on Children’s Teeth

By pamelali, in News, on February 1, 2012 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, which is the perfect time for parents to help kids brush up on good oral hygiene.

Dr Pamela Li, an Ottawa porcelain veneers professional, offers some tips for parents to help get their children on the right track:

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How Veneers Work

By pamelali, in Articles, on February 10, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – Veneers can entirely reshape a patient’s smile, as they are the perfect solution for treating many dental conditions.

They are more conservative than crowns, but are still very strong. Bonding with white filling material is another option to reshape a smile, but they need more maintenance and do not have the natural translucency and shine of porcelain, notes Dr. Pamela Li an Ottawa dental implants provider.

Porcelain veneers are fine ceramic shells that are bonded directly to the front and top of the teeth. They are growing increasingly popular because of their simplicity and versatility. With veneers as a choice, patients don’t need to suffer with gaps between their teeth – or teeth that are stained, misshapen or crooked. (more…)

Now Offering BioMers Translucent Braces

By pamelali, in News, on December 22, 2010 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa dental implants provider, is now offering BioMers- the world’s only completely translucent system of braces- to her orthodontic clients. It has only been available in Canada as of this fall.

With the BioMers program, the wires, brackets, and retainers are all completely clear, creating a system that is just as effective as all-metal braces, but is more aesthetically pleasing. Dr. Li’s Ottawa orthodontics practice offers the nearly invisible system, which is made possible by the development of a new polymer that can be shaped into a translucent wire. (more…)

Periodontal Disease Described by Ottawa Dental Specialist

By pamelali, in News, on August 17, 2010 | Comments (0)

Ottawa ON – Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, constitutes a bacterial infection of the gums, ligaments and bone that surround your teeth and hold them in your jaw. Usually painless until its final stages, gum disease is silent like heart disease — and can fool a patient.

“Prevention and treatment of periodontal disease are essential since they are part of a chronic inflammation in your body’s tissues,” observes Ottawa dental specialist, Dr. Pamela Li. “However, people often don’t see it as a serious concern. They see regular dental appointments as ‘just another cleaning.’” (more…)

Ottawa Dentist Takes Advantage of LVI Training

By pamelali, in Articles, on May 9, 2010 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ON — Ottawa dentist Dr. Pamela Li is trained by LVI. But, what does that mean? Located in Summerlin, NV, LVI is the largest and most comprehensive post-Doctoral dental educational facility in the U.S. The Institute has helped thousands of dentists from around the world expand their understanding of dentistry and take better care of their patients.

The LVI Curriculum offers a number of programs across the broad spectrum of dental education, but specializes in Neuromuscular Dentistry, TMD, and cosmetic dentistry like Porcelain Veneers and Dental Implants. LVI training allows dentists to bring specialized techniques and procedures into their office and help their patients enjoy a better quality of life.  (more…)

Ottawa Dentist Focuses on Communication to Provide Beautiful Crown and Veneer Restorations

By Pamela Li, in Articles, on December 15, 2009 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ON — There are dozens of variables to consider when having crown or veneer treatment in the smile zone. The shape of the restoration, tooth shade or the texture of the porcelain are all crucial elements in creating new teeth that feel natural to the patient and don’t look like fake teeth.

“When dealing with esthetic dental treatments like crowns and veneers, it’s impossible to treat a patient to his or her satisfaction without the patient’s input,” says Ottawa dentist Dr. Pamela Li. “It’s imperative to provide the patient with options and understand their goals before starting treatment. Otherwise, patients won’t feel comfortable with their own teeth.”

Dentists use a plethora of tools to work with patients in finding the perfect smile for each individual patient. These tools include digital photos, smile catalogues, wax models, and temporary restorations. (more…)

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