One of the reasons that cosmetic dentistry has become so popular in recent years is that many of its procedures are extremely versatile. For instance, porcelain veneers are able to conceal a variety of aesthetic flaws while improving the bite and reinforcing the front teeth. Porcelain crowns offer both cosmetic and oral health benefits in more or less equal measure, and can even be used to replace missing teeth when they are attached to dental implants. Just as versatile as these treatments, and a less expensive alternative to porcelain veneers in most cases, dental bonding is one of the most transformative procedures in all of dentistry.
At our family dentistry and orthodontics practice in Forney, cosmetic dental bonding uses are explained in detail to patients who are interested in undergoing the procedure during confidential, one-on-one consultations. Our acclaimed dentists are able to produce the most aesthetically pleasing results possible, combining art and clinical skill at the highest level possible.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is a procedure in which a resin material is applied to the teeth to conceal aesthetic flaws such as chips, cracks, and discoloration. The color of the bonding material is carefully selected to ensure the most natural-looking results possible.
Before applying the bonding material, one of our dentists applies an etching solution to the surfaces of the teeth to be treated. This causes tiny crevices to form, which gives the resin an appropriate surface to which it can bond. Once the bonding material has been applied, it is exposed to a curing light that causes it to harden. At this point, the bonding material is meticulously sculpted to mimic the appearance of natural teeth down to the finest detail. It is then polished, and the patient emerges with a beautiful, radiant, natural-looking new smile.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding Uses
The dental bonding procedure can be performed to address a variety of aesthetic imperfections including:
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Teeth that suffer from intrinsic (deep) or extrinsic (superficial) discoloration
- Teeth that are separated by conspicuous gaps
- Teeth that are disproportionately short
- Teeth that are malformed, including those with jagged or uneven edges
Cosmetic dental bonding offers many distinguishing benefits, chief among them the fact that the procedure yields immediate results. This makes dental bonding perfect for patients who want to make over their smiles quickly for upcoming events and don’t have a week or longer to spare for the creation of porcelain veneers.
The procedure is also potentially ideal for those patients who want to improve their smiles without altering the structural integrity of their teeth, as porcelain veneers require. While porcelain veneers represent the most lifelike and durable method of restoring the appearance of the front teeth, dental bonding offers an outstanding alternative.
Learn More about the Uses of Cosmetic Dental Bonding
If you would like to learn more about the many ways in which cosmetic dental bonding can be used to improve the appearance of your smile, we encourage you to contact Forney Family Dentistry & Orthodontics today.