Cosmetic Dental Bonding: An Overview

Smile Close upCosmetic dental bonding has been around for years, yet it is one of the cosmetic dental procedures people seem to know the least about. Porcelain dental veneers are great for serious cosmetic dental issues, but they’re too extreme of a solution for some cases. Dental bonding may start with the same material used for dental fillings, but think about how strong fillings are. Recent advances have increased the strength, durability, and longevity of composite resin restorations. Whether you are having a filling because of a cavity, or you are undergoing bonding on a chipped or otherwise slightly cosmetically compromised tooth, bonding material produces great, natural-looking results.

What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is pretty simple compared to other cosmetic procedures. Tooth colored filling material (the aforementioned composite resin) is applied to any flaws in order to create a more visually pleasing smile. Bonding material can be molded and shaped to achieve outstanding results. As general and cosmetic dentists, we recommend cosmetic bonding to patients looking to correct minor dental flaws. Bonding is a great solution to repair chips and cracks in teeth, close spaces between teeth, make teeth appear straighter, and lighten discolored spots on a smile which won’t respond to whitening or cause an otherwise uneven hue to teeth.

Longevity of Dental Bonding

Once your bonding procedure is complete and your teeth are polished, your restorations will give the appearance of natural tooth structure. Often, patients choose cosmetic bonding as a short-term alternative to porcelain veneers. Don’t let the word “short” fool you, though. With proper care and oral hygiene, bonding can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years, if not longer.

Visit your Sheridan Dentist

Are you unhappy with the way your smile looks because of minor cosmetic flaws? Quality of life is directly related to the quality of your smile. Don’t waste time feeling self-conscious when there may be an easy fix just one dental appointment away. To find out more about cosmetic bonding, and to see if it can correct your smile woes, please email or call the Grinnell Street Dental office in Sheridan, Wyoming, at (307) 672-7576. Your brand new, beautifully bonded smile is just around the corner.