Cosmetic Tooth Bonding
Cosmetic Tooth Bonding
Cosmetic tooth bonding is a minimally invasive, affordable, cosmetic dentistry treatment that can quickly repair a damaged tooth and beautify your smile at the same time. Dr. Marilyn Betty Mathew offers this versatile procedure at Ingleside Family Dental in Ladson, SC, so patients can get secure, fast dental repairs.
What Is Cosmetic Tooth Bonding?
Cosmetic tooth bonding, also known as dental bonding, involves the application of tooth-colored, composite resin to a tooth to fix any damage it has suffered or to make it look better and blend in with the rest of your teeth. The bonding material, just like that of a filling, is matched to the color of your tooth enamel.
Typically, cosmetic tooth bonding can be completed in just one, 30-minute visit to your Ladson dentist. Available for both adults and children, this repair is ideal for patients who want to avoid getting a dental crown or porcelain veneer – procedures that can take weeks to complete – and opt for the faster, more affordable option.
Problems That Cosmetic Tooth Bonding Can Fix
The results of the bonding procedure can last for decades if you take good care of your teeth, brush and floss daily, and see your dentist every six months. This is a strong, worthwhile restoration that can give you a smile you’re proud of happy to show off. Bonding can be used to fix a host of problems and unsightliness, including the following:
- Broken tooth
- Gapped teeth
- Decayed tooth
- Stains or discoloration
- Misshapen teeth
The Cosmetic Tooth Bonding Procedure
Dental bonding is a non-invasive procedure that keeps tooth structure intact for nearly every procedure, making it a comfortable dental repair to undergo and eliminating the need for drilling, anesthesia, or pain medication. There is one exception: If tooth decay is being repaired with bonding, your dentist may recommend a local anesthetic to make you more comfortable.
Every patient and situation are different, but most often the cosmetic tooth bonding procedure goes like this:
- Preparation: The tooth that’s being repaired is roughened slightly and coated with a conditioning liquid.
- Application: Tooth-colored resin is color-matched to your tooth enamel and painted over the surface of the tooth.
- Shaping: The bonding material is shaped and sculpted to look just like the neighboring teeth and adjusted in size and position so it fills in gaps and is the proper size.
- Curing: An ultraviolet light or laser is used to harden the bonding in place.
- Polishing: A gentle, consistent polishing makes the tooth feel right and delivers a natural-looking restoration.
Is Cosmetic Tooth Bonding Right for You?
Every cosmetic dentistry or restorative dentistry procedure begins with a consultation with your dentist to determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment. If there is something that’s bothering you about your smile, or if you have a particular tooth that’s sticking out and making you self-conscious about your smile, it’s important to talk to your dentist and find out what options are right for you.
Cosmetic tooth bonding can fix many minor details and deliver results that give you a megawatt smile. Plus, it’s fast – there is no need to wait for a dental lab to prep materials – and cost-effective. This is the treatment that can quickly resize, reshape, and beautify unsightly teeth.