Dental bonding, which is also known as composite bonding, is a very simple and effective cosmetic procedure that can cover any imperfections in the way that your teeth look and restore your confidence in your smile. Dental bonding involves pasting a tooth-colored resin onto the teeth. This is then shaped and crafted by hand to cover any imperfections you have and give you a smile that you can be proud of.
Dental bonding can be used to hide a variety of different cosmetic concerns. These include the following:
Dark marks and stains
Gaps between teeth
Teeth that are set back from the rest of the arch
Teeth that are undersized
Dental bonding is one of the easiest and most straightforward of all cosmetic dentistry treatments. One of the most popular benefits is that minimal preparation work is needed ahead of the bonding. A special conditioning gel is placed onto the surface of the teeth to ‘roughen up’ the enamel. This provides a surface suitable for the bonding adhesive to attach to.
Preparing the teeth for bonding is completely painless, meaning there is no need for an anesthetic unless you have an old restoration that needs to be removed, or there is tooth decay present. If you have any tooth decay, your dentist will want this to be resolved before you undergo a dental bonding procedure.
After the teeth have been prepared, the bonding resin can be applied to the tooth and shaped as is required to cover the imperfections. Your cosmetic dentist will use their skills and experience to ensure that your teeth look completely natural. The resin will be cured using ultraviolet light which hardens it and attaches it permanently to the teeth. Finally, the resin will be shaped and polished to a high shine, completing the procedure.
There are a variety of benefits associated with choosing dental bonding to improve and enhance your smile. These include:
Cost: Dental bonding is one of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Painless: Virtually all patients say that dental bonding is completely painless and there is no need for anesthetic to be used.
No needles: If no anesthesia is needed, there will be no needles involved in the treatment – something which is a huge benefit for many patients who have a phobia of needles.
Single appointment: Unlike many other cosmetic dental treatments, dental bonding can be performed in a single appointment.
No permanent damage to natural teeth: Although the teeth will be roughed up a little to apply the resin, there is no significant permanent damage to your teeth and they should retain their strength and functionality.
Simple maintenance and replacement: If any maintenance or replacement of the resin is needed at any point in the future, this can be carried out very quickly, efficiently, and with minimal cost.
Cover a variety of smile imperfections: Dental bonding can be used to cover a variety of different cosmetic dental issues from staining and discoloration to damage.
Superior discretion: Since the resin is a color that closely resembles your natural teeth, it is virtually impossible to tell that a patient has needed treatment to repair their teeth.
The longevity of any dental treatment really depends on how well you look after your teeth following a procedure. That said, dental bonding lasts moderately well, lasting an average of 4-8 years before maintenance or replacement is required.
You will be given specific information on the best way to take care of your smile, including advice on biting and chewing habits and avoiding staining. You should follow the guidelines closely to ensure that your new smile stays in top condition for as long as possible.
Considering dental bonding to enhance and improve your smile and would like more information? Visit Midtown Dental Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Call (404) 874-0800 to schedule an appointment today.