Fortunately, a cosmetic dentist has a simple solution for this problem – dental bonding. Dental bonding is one of the most budget-friendly interventions available through cosmetic dentistry, and it can have a significant effect on your smile’s appearance.
This intervention uses tooth-colored resin that is “cured,” or hardened with a light source, allowing the resin to bond with the teeth.
Although dental bonding is not appropriate for all aesthetic problems, a cosmetic dentist may use this treatment in a variety of scenarios. The treatment may be useful to conceal chips or cracks, as mentioned above. Dental bonding is also useful in improving the appearance of discolored teeth or to re-contour an undersized or misshapen tooth. This technique may also be employed to fill in a gap between teeth or cover roots exposed by receding gums.
Before the bonding can be applied, the tooth must be prepped. This involves roughening the surface of the tooth and coating it with a special liquid to help the resin adhere to it.
Depending on the extent of the problem, the procedure can be completed in less than an hour for a single tooth. Bonding may not even require a local anesthetic, although those patients who are antsy about dental treatment may opt for a sedative for a better experience.
Caring for your newly bonded tooth (or teeth) properly can help to maximize the lifespan of this restoration. Basic rules of oral hygiene apply. Take care to brush and floss regularly. Also, be aware that the bonding material is not as strong as your natural enamel. If you have any bad habits that might damage the teeth, like chewing on pencils or biting your fingernails, make an effort to break them in order to protect the restoration.
Patients who have been concerned with a relatively minor flaw in the smile should consider dental bonding. Talk to a cosmetic dentist on our team to learn if this procedure can enhance your pearly whites. Call 718-417-4544 to schedule an appointment today.