Many people have minor flaws in their smile, such as a small gap or chipped tooth. While these imperfections may not cause pain or discomfort, they can sometimes affect a person’s confidence. If you are looking for an effective way to repair your smile, consider cosmetic dentistry. Dental bonding is a popular form of cosmetic dentistry that aims to improve the appearance of one’s teeth, gums, and even their bite.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a safe and affordable cosmetic dentistry procedure in which composite resin that is tinted to match your natural tooth color is applied to the tooth surface. The putty-like material is then sculpted into the desired shape and hardened with a special curing light that helps “bond” the material to the tooth. Finally, the bonding material is polished to create a smooth surface that mimics the natural tooth surface.
Unlike more invasive cosmetic dental procedures, dental bonding can help makeover a smile without irreversible changes or extensive tooth preparation. The procedure is relatively fast, completely painless, and typically takes less than one hour to complete. As there is no pain, and no anesthesia is needed during the procedure. Tooth bonding also does not require the removal of any tooth structure.
What Problems Can Dental Bonding Fix?
Dental bonding is one of the easiest and least expensive options for repairing small dental imperfections. Some of the most common problems that can often be repaired with dental bonding include:
- Chipped Teeth: A small amount of composite resin can be applied to the chipped area of tooth and smoothed out to hide the chip and restore the tooth’s structure.
- Teeth Gaps: Small, undesirable gaps between teeth can be filled by applying resin to the insides of the teeth to essentially “close” the gap.
- Discolored Teeth: Teeth that are permanently stained or discolored and cannot be corrected with teeth whitening procedures may be corrected with dental bonding.
- Short Teeth: Composite resin can be applied to the tooth to make short teeth appear longer than they actually are.
- Too-Small Teeth: If you don’t like the look of your small teeth, composite resin can be added around the edges of your teeth to make them appear larger.
- Cracked Teeth: Tiny cracks in teeth may be repaired using dental bonding which can also help reduce the likeliness of the crack growing larger.
- Misshapen Teeth: Teeth that are misshapen can be fixed by adding composite resin to the teeth to correct their shape.
- Decayed Teeth: Composite resins are commonly used by dentists to fill cavities or to protect a portion of the tooth root that may have been exposed due to the receding of the gums. They are a popular alternative to amalgam fillings.
What are the Benefits of Dental Bonding?
Dental health and wellness does not only consist of preventative and restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry is also important for good oral health. There are many advantages of cosmetic dental treatments, like dental bonding, that you will want to consider before making your decision.
First, know that dental bonding can be completed in the comfort of your dentist’s office. Unlike crowns and similar dental treatments, no preparation in a lab is needed. Dental bonding can usually be completed in a single visit to your dentist. We may also recommend bonding material if you want to avoid having silver fillings in your mouth that may show when you smile.
Dental bonding is a far less extensive procedure than other dental restorations, such as dental crowns or veneers. There is little to no removal of enamel involved, which helps to maintain the natural structure and strength of the tooth. It is also an affordable option with the average cost of dental bonding ranging from $300 to $600 per tooth.
Improve Your Smile with Dental Bonding
While dental bonding is not an appropriate treatment for every situation, it can be a quick and relatively inexpensive option if you want to improve your smile and only have minor dental imperfections. Reach out to the dental professionals at Bonham Dental Arts in Largo, Florida to learn about how dental bonding can improve your smile. We offer a wide range of services, including restorative, family, sedation, and cosmetic dentistry. Contact Bonham Dental Arts today to get started.