If your dentist recommends cosmetic bonding as an option to enhance the look of your teeth, you may want to know what the procedure entails and what type of results can be achieved. The fact is that this dental procedure is one of the most versatile cosmetic procedures performed by dentists because it can be used to quickly and easily cover an array of dental imperfections, such as chips, cracks and even spacing issues.
Cosmetic Bonding To Enhance Your Smile
The bonding procedure only requires a single office visit and can produce dramatic results. For example, if you have a small chip on the edge of a tooth, the dentist can apply an adhesive that will permanently adhere a tooth-colored bonding material onto the surface of the tooth. The material is then sculpted to achieve just the right shape so that the tooth looks completely natural and is then hardened. Once the proper size and shape is achieved and the material is hard, the surface of the bonding material can be polished to look as natural as if it were your own tooth, and of course, the color of the material can be precisely matched to your natural tooth color so the difference between natural tooth material and bonding material is seamless.
Not only can cosmetic bonding be used to fill in areas that have chipped or cracked, but it can be used to lengthen teeth, fill in spaces between teeth and take care of other minor imperfections. As long as the underlying tooth structure is in good condition and is healthy, small problems can be cosmetically enhanced by simply using a bonding material.
The material and process used to cosmetically enhance teeth is virtually the same as the one used to fill in areas of decay using tooth-colored fillings. In this instance, the decayed area of the tooth must first be removed using a dental drill or laser and then the dental bonding agent is used to fill in the space left by the removal of the decayed tooth material to make the tooth stronger, more functional and more aesthetically pleasing.
Dental bonding can achieve many of the same results as other types of cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as porcelain veneers. The procedure is less expensive and is quicker to complete, although the results may not be as strong or as long-lasting. However, with proper care, teeth that have undergone the bonding process can provide lasting results for many years.
If you are considering ways to enhance the look of your teeth that suffer from one or more minor imperfections, it’s worth discussing whether cosmetic bonding can achieve the results you are looking for. During a consultation with your dentist, he or she should be able to provide you with the benefits and drawbacks of the procedure and how it fares in relation to other possible options. By knowing the facts about each of your options, you can make the best choice to meet your aesthetic, functional and budgetary needs.
For more information about cosmetic bonding, contact Park Dental Care in Queens at 718-274-1515.