Does that small front tooth gap or one discolored tooth cause you to close your lips when you smile or cover your mouth when you laugh? Sometimes the most minor flaws can sabotage your entire smile confidence. The good news is that fixing it may be easier than you think. A cosmetic dental procedure called bonding may be your answer to a beautiful and confident smile. The best part – dental bonding involves no pain and minimal sacrifice to your time and wallet.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding uses composite resin material, the same material that is used as a tooth-colored filling when you have a cavity. The composite is essentially painted on to the affected tooth to cover up your imperfection. A special curing light is used to harden the material and it is polished as a final step. The entire procedure can be performed in minutes, with no need for anesthetics. Composite resin is made to blend in with the rest of your smile in terms of color, texture and contour. With proper care, the bonded restoration can last up to 10 years.
What Types of Aesthetic Flaws Can Dental Bonding Fix?
Bonding is ideal for those minor imperfections, such as the following:
- Small cracks or chips
- Teeth discolored from medications, trauma or genetics
- Teeth worn down or uneven
- Teeth rotated and twisted from poor positioning
- Minor gaps or small spaces between two teeth
When is Bonding Not the Answer?
If you have large aesthetic concerns within your smile, such as a wide gap or multiple chipped teeth, it may be best to consider porcelain veneers. Veneers are considered more durable and longer-lasting for more moderate or severe imperfections. Veneers can cover up missized teeth or teeth that are significantly crooked up front.
To learn if you are a candidate for cosmetic dental bonding, please call Dr. Wayne Suway. We take pride in offering a full menu of cosmetic services to our patients, including those that fit all types of needs and budgets!