Halloween is a great time to don a mask and hone your maniacal laugh. But just because you want to hide your face for trick-or-treating or a party, it doesn’t mean you’ll want to do so the rest of the year. If problems with your smile have you wishing you could hide all the time, it’s time to consider how cosmetic bonding could help. In about an hour, you could leave the dentist’s office with a bewitching smile you’ll be proud to show.
The Basics of Dental Bonding
Bonding is a minimally invasive procedure that can be completed in the dentist’s office, in a single office visit. It offers a number of benefits compared to other forms of cosmetic dentistry, while offering similar results to more expensive procedures, such as porcelain veneers.
- Bonding usually takes less than an hour, and most patients don’t require anesthesia.
- The dentist can tint the resin material used for the procedure to match your teeth, helping to create seamless results.
- Once sculpted the resin can help hide permanent staining or discoloration, gaps between teeth, worn edges, disproportionally shaped or sized teeth and more.
- The material bonds well with teeth, which is why it’s also used for many modern dental fillings.
When Is Bonding The Answer?
Bonding is great for patients that want fast results, and those that need an affordable form of cosmetic treatment. While it can create similar enhancements to veneers, porcelain veneers are more durable due to porcelain’s natural strength and stain-resistance.
If you are a smoker, drink a lot of red wine, coffee or other staining beverages, or are active in high contact sports, you may prefer the added durability of porcelain, compared to composite resin. During a consultation your cosmetic dentist can help you decide which form of cosmetic procedure will be best to fit your situation, budget and timeframe for treatment.