Our smiles are one of the first things that people see, but they can be either a cause of pride or self-consciousness depending on how they look. For patients who need only minimal changes to their teeth, cosmetic, or dental, bonding is available to enhance their smiles without spending as much as you would with other cosmetic procedures. Dental bonding is used to close spaces between teeth, repair minor chips and improve the look of stained teeth. Find out what else cosmetic bonding offers and how it can beautify your smile with this guide!
What Is Cosmetic Bonding?
If you’re looking to repair a chipped tooth or improve the look of your smile, cosmetic bonding may be for you. While there are many different cosmetic procedures that you can undertake to change your smile, cosmetic bonding is one of the cheapest and easiest to complete. For patients who have mildly imperfect teeth, such as chips, cracks or discoloration, cosmetic bonding can repair this damage by altering the original tooth. Unlike dental veneers that are custom fit to your tooth, cosmetic bonding involves attaching materials directly to your tooth to change the appearance, color and shape of the tooth. This process is called bonding because the materials bond to your teeth. The materials used include porcelain and resin that are bonded to the natural tooth enamel to create a strong, durable structure. Porcelain and resin are easily shaped and matched to your natural teeth, which makes them great for fixing minor damage. Cosmetic, or dental, bonding is used to fill dental cavities, close gaps between teeth, change the shape of teeth and even protect exposed tooth roots caused by gum recession. Bonding is typically done on the front or surrounding teeth where there is less bite pressure, and out of all the other cosmetic procedures, it removes the least amount of tooth enamel to maintain a strong, brilliant smile.
What To Expect During Treatment
Depending on your needs and wants, treatment can take as little as one visit to the dentist to finish your cosmetic bonding procedure. Bonding is less invasive than other procedures, and it doesn’t involve the use of anesthesia. Once you’re in the dental chair, the dentist will use a tooth shade guide to match the material to the color of your teeth so that it looks as natural as possible. However, if you have stained teeth, you most likely will need your teeth whitened beforehand so that you can choose the brighter shade that you want for the bonding. Once you’ve decided the shade, your tooth will be prepared for the bonding by being lightly shaved to roughen up the surface. This process helps the material bond easier to your tooth, and it doesn’t damage anything. A conditioning liquid will be applied before the resin is placed and molded to your tooth. After this, a special laser will be used to harden the bonding. The dentist will continue to shape and trim the tooth afterwards to ensure that it matches the surrounding teeth before finishing with a polishing treatment. The entire process for one tooth typically takes between 30 minutes to one hour, so if you have multiple teeth that you need bonded, you may need to come back for another visit.
Taking Care of Your New Smile
One of the best things about cosmetic bonding is that it requires little upkeep to maintain its durability. Regular brushing and flossing around the treated tooth should keep it decay-free and healthy for years to come. If taken care of, the teeth that have been treated with cosmetic bonding should last between 3 to 10 years before needing a touch up. Your newly-enhanced teeth are highly susceptible to staining within the first 48 hours, though, so make sure to avoid all types of food and beverages that are known to stain, such as red wine, coffee or tea. Even after this time, try to avoid stain-causing foods so that your new smile can stay beautiful longer. Schedule regular dental checkups with your dentist so that he/she can monitor your restoration and make any changes to maintain its appearance and strength. These visits are also essential to remove stubborn decay-causing plaque that builds up around your teeth, plus it allows the dentist to give you important advice on how to take care of your new smile. If anything happens to the bonding, such as falling out or chipping, contact your dentist as soon as possible so that he/she can inform you of what to do.
Schedule A Cosmetic Bonding Appointment With Us!
At Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of the Rockies, we care about your smile. If you need to fix a chipped tooth or simply want to restore your smile to its original glory, call our office at (970) 223-8425 to schedule an appointment for cosmetic bonding. Your new smile is just one call away!