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Bonding vs. Veneers from a Philadelphia Dentist to Improve Your Smile

By Gerald Regni, DMD on July 23, 2014

There’s no denying what the simple act of smiling can offer to a person’s well-being. Business Insider writer Leslie Baehr summarizes the opinions and findings of researcher Eric Jaffe regarding smiling:

"Some say we even smile in the womb and can understand the social significance of those toothy grins very early on. "At just 10 months, for instance, an infant will offer a false smile to an approaching stranger while reserving a genuine...smile for its mother," behavioral science writer Eric Jaffe wrote in an article for the Association for Psychological Science."
It’s easy for people to force a smile when in a social setting, like hanging out in Silk City (one of Philly’s coolest night spots) with friends. Still, there are some who simply refuse to smile no matter what situation they’re in. One possible reason is a lack of confidence due to problems like stained or discolored teeth, chipped or broken teeth, and others. Fortunately, they can look into two options offered by an experienced Philadelphia dentist to improve their smile.

why we smile and how to spot a fake one

Bonding

Under this procedure, a composite resin material is applied to the affected teeth. Afterward, the resin is sculpted into the correct shape, hardened, and then polished. To ensure optimum results from the procedure, a dentist in Philadelphia will first have to pinpoint the most ideal composite resin color that matches the natural teeth; otherwise, the results will look unnatural.

The advantage of this option is that it typically just requires one visit, where a dentist can work for as little as 30 minutes per tooth. Dental bonding, however, is most appropriate for minor teeth damage like slightly chipped or broken teeth.

Veneers

Under this procedure, thin shells are attached to the front part of the damaged teeth. To make way for the veneers, dentists usually have to remove a thin layer of the enamel under local anesthesia. This option is actually a popular one within the Hollywood industry, with celebrities like Hillary Duff and Cheryl Cole claiming to be fans.

Most veneers are made from composite resin or porcelain, with the latter proving to be the more durable option between the two. Porcelain veneers are also highly resistant to stains. The only downside, however, is that they will require at least two dental visits to complete.

People are free to smile whenever they want. However, a real problem ensues when they can’t do that no thanks to how their teeth look. Fortunately, they can enhance their smile through cosmetic dental procedures performed by an established dentist like Gerald Regni, DMD, who also offers general dental procedures like routine cleaning, among other services.

(Source: Why We Smile And How To Spot A Fake One, businessinsider.com, July 4, 2014)

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