Are your teeth looking a little damaged and worn but you don’t want complicated and expensive dental procedures to revitalize and refresh them? Cosmetic bonding may be the simple solution to this problem! Lee, Bonfliglio, Vesely & Associates, your Annapolis, MD dental office, explains how this relatively inexpensive and increasingly popular cosmetic dentistry procedure can help you have the smile you want.
What is cosmetic dental bonding?
Cosmetic bonding is a procedure that repairs damage and defects in your teeth. Your LBV dentist uses composite resin, a soft, plastic-based material, to fill in the damaged areas of your smile. Composite resin is similar to the spackle used in home repairs but for your teeth. It can be shaped to fill in any chip or indentation, making it ideal for treating an assortment of cosmetic dental issues. Once the resin hardens or bonds — hence the name of the procedure — it will not only be as strong as your natural tooth enamel but it will look just like it as well. Your LBV dentist will choose a composite resin that is colored to match your tooth enamel so that the bonded area is never obvious.
What are the signs dental bonding may be necessary?
Chips in teeth, even small ones, can be noticeable and make us self-conscious about our smiles. But cosmetic dental bonding can be used to fill in these chips and also to protect the roots of teeth that may have become exposed due to receding gums. Without a protective layer of gum tissue over them, the roots can become very sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages. Covering the roots with composite resin can decrease this sensitivity while protecting the roots.
Maybe you have one tooth that doesn’t look like the others? Sometimes a tooth can be discolored, twisted, crooked, short or oddly shaped teeth but still perfectly healthy and in good shape otherwise. Bonding material can be used to change the appearance and color of the tooth, giving your smile a more uniform look.
Cosmetic bonding is also a good choice for filling in small gaps between your teeth. Gaps in your teeth can trap food and cause you to feel self-conscious about the way your smile looks. Bonding is a simple and relatively affordable way to close those spaces and make eating easier.
While composite bonding doesn’t have the longevity of veneers, you should be able to wear them for up to 10 years if you care for them properly. This means avoiding hard candy, ice cubes and other hard or sticky food that can crack your composite material.
Cosmetic dental bonding in Annapolis, MD
Cosmetic dental bonding can give you the healthy smile you’ve always wished for! Call Lee, Bonfiglio, Vesely & Associates in Annapolis, MD at (410) 989-8298 or schedule online for your virtual online consultation. Why not take advantage of this versatile cosmetic dentistry treatment to improve the health and appearance of your smile?