Fall is a great season to spend a bit more time cuddled up with those you love. Cooler temperatures means more time spent in close proximity, enjoying the warmth of a fire and each other’s company. But if you’re hesitant to spend time snuggling up because of imperfections in your smile, it’s time to call your cosmetic dentist. In as little as an hour, you could leave the dentist’s office with a more symmetrical and more beautiful smile, thanks to a cosmetic treatment called cosmetic bonding. If you want to feel confident bonding with those you love, cosmetic bonding can help!
What Is Cosmetic Bonding and What Can It Do?
Cosmetic bonding is a minimally invasive and quick procedure that can help correct a number of cosmetic concerns, including:
- Gaps between teeth
- Disproportionally sized or shaped teeth
- Worn or jagged edges
- Permanent staining or drastic discoloration
How Is Cosmetic Bonding Completed?
- Bonding is completed by applying a composite resin material to the teeth, which can then be molded to create a more shapely and symmetrical smile.
- Once it has been properly sculpted, a special light is used to harden the resin.
- The material used is the same one used for modern, tooth-colored fillings.
- It’s then polished to create a natural-looking sheen, which can blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
- Because the bonding is completed by the dentist, in-office, treatment can be completed quickly and affordably, making it an ideal choice of cosmetic treatment for people on a tight budget or in need of fast results.
- Veneers offer similar benefits to cosmetic bonding, but with added durability and stain-resistance. If you are a heavy coffee, red wine or soda drinker, you may prefer the longevity of porcelain veneers.
A simpler procedure
Unlike with porcelain veneers, dental bonding does not require removal of any tooth tissue prior to application. A bonding material is chosen to best match the color of your teeth. The surface of the tooth will be roughened gently to provide a good surface for adhesion. This roughening of the tooth is simple and typically requires no anesthesia. The bonding material will be painted on in thin layers to create an appearance similar to the tooth. It is then cured with a special light and polished to look as natural as possible.
When is dental bonding the best choice?
Dental bonding is best used for minor problems. It is better used when you are looking to enhance or correct your natural teeth and not looking for a complete change. Cosmetic bonding can help reshape misshapen teeth. It can be used to close small gaps. It can correct and conceal chips and cracks. It can cover up stains and discoloration. It can be used to protect and cover roots exposed from gum recession.
Your dentist can fix a small problem with cosmetic bonding
Dr. Fondriest can see if cosmetic bonding is right for you. To schedule a consultation, call Lake Forest Dental Arts at (847) 234-0517. We welcome patients from the North Shore area of Chicago.