Cosmetic bonding is a dental technique that can enhance the appearance of damaged teeth by applying a durable composite resin to the affected area for restored form and beauty. Dental bonding materials are commonly used to secure dental restorations and fill cavities, but can also provide a versatile method for achieving minor aesthetic fixes. Bonding can be a fast, non-invasive way to reshape teeth without the need for a crown or porcelain veneer.
Bonding serves as a more conservative option for repairing chipped, gapped, discolored, or misaligned teeth than other cosmetic procedures. If your smile is hindered by minor cracks, irregularities, or fissures, cosmetic bonding may be an ideal solution for you. Our cosmetic dentist, Jeff Blackburn, DDS, has knowledge of a wide range of techniques that can correct the form and appearance of your teeth to improve your smile.
Benefits of Cosmetic Bonding
Cosmetic bonding typically allows patients to simultaneously restore, reshape, and strengthen teeth affected by minor damage or cosmetic irregularities in one office visit. The composite material that is bonded to the affected tooth can be shade-matched to your natural tooth color, to help results blend with surrounding teeth. One of the biggest advantages of cosmetic bonding is the speed and relative ease of the procedure. Cosmetic bonding can generally:
- Reinforce and reshape damaged teeth
- Mask discoloration on the tooth surface
- Achieve cosmetic improvements while conserving natural tooth structure
- Close gaps between teeth
When a tooth is too damaged to be addressed with cosmetic bonding, Dr. Blackburn may recommend a more lasting solution, such as a porcelain crown or veneer.
The Cosmetic Bonding Procedure
The process for cosmetic bonding is typically completed within one hour. Unlike other cosmetic dental procedures, there is no need for a dental mold or impression to be made. The procedure does not require use of an anesthetic and rarely, if ever, causes any patient discomfort. To begin, the affected tooth is first cleaned and prepared for bonding. This involves applying a solution to the affected tooth that creates an ideal bonding surface. After adequate preparation, the tooth-colored composite material will be applied to the tooth in several coats, expertly shaped for a natural appearance, and hardened through exposure to a special dental light. The dental bonding will then be smoothed and polished for a natural luster that lasts well into the future.
Cosmetic Bonding Results
After the quick, convenient cosmetic bonding procedure, patients typically enjoy their renewed smile. While cosmetic bonding can provide an excellent solution to a range of aesthetic dental flaws, results are not permanent and may need retouching or replacing every five to ten years. With proper care and good dental hygiene, many patients are able to prolong the lifetime of their bonding work.
Cosmetic bonding can be an ideal solution for addressing minor structural or cosmetic flaws.To learn more about cosmetic bonding, please contact our practice.