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Veneers and Bonding

Bethel Dental VeneersDo you find yourself hesitating to smile for photos because of some glaring imperfection in your teeth?

So many of our patients don’t realize the multitude of options available to restore damaged or flawed teeth.

Here at Bethel Dental Associates, we take great pride in restoring smiles and confidence. Bonding, re-contouring, and veneers are a few of the cosmetic dentistry procedures that can completely transform your smile.

Bonding and Re-contouring

Many minor flaws can be repaired painlessly with dental bonding and contouring techniques. Bonding refers to the process of using resin composites to fill and reshape teeth, while contouring is a method of sculpting teeth by smoothing out uneven surfaces. Some of the issues that can be remedied by these methods include:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Sharp edges
  • Teeth that stick out more than their neighbors
  • Slight crookedness
  • Gaps or uneven spacing

Dental bonding can often be completed in a single office visit. First, your dentist will choose a resin composite that very closely matches your own tooth color. Once the affected tooth has been properly prepared, the resin will be bonded and sculpted into place. After the bond has set, your tooth will appear as good as new.

Sometimes performed in conjunction with bonding, the re-contouring procedure can also be completed in one visit. The hard enamel of the tooth is sculpted into the desired shape in small, precise increments. This sculpting is very smooth and subtle, but the smallest changes can have breathtaking results.


For tooth imperfections that cannot be remedied by simple bonding or whitening, porcelain veneers can be used to restore your smile to its original brilliance. Some of the flaws that may call for veneer placement include:

  • Severe stains or discoloration
  • Worn-down or uneven teeth
  • Wide gaps between teeth
  • Size or shape inconsistencies
  • Crookedness

Porcelain veneers are strong, thin shells that are adhered to the fronts of teeth to achieve a more perfect and symmetrical look. Your veneers will be fabricated using an exact mold taken from your own mouth, so there will be no issues with fit or placement. Once the veneers have been created, your own teeth will be prepared with a gentle reduction process to ensure a natural fit. Your dentist will then place and bond the veneers to your teeth for a permanently restored smile that is natural in both appearance and function.

Dr. Van Strait of Bethel Dental Associates is your CT provider for quality dental care. Call 203-730-9011 to find out more.