Thanks to advancements in dental materials and techniques, cosmetic dentistry offers more ways than ever to improve your smile. Fortunately, most of us don’t want or need an involved “Hollywood” style makeover. If minor smile flaws like chipped teeth bother you, dental bonding is a conservative treatment that can have a significant impact on the look of your smile.
What Problems Does Dental Bonding Fix?
Cosmetic dentists commonly recommend dental bonding to address small aesthetic flaws like chipped or broken teeth and to close small gaps between teeth. Dental bonding in West Chester, OH involves using tooth-colored material that looks similar to dental enamel when it’s placed on your teeth. It is the same material we use to create seamless tooth fillings because it’s more aesthetically pleasing than silver amalgam fillings.
How Does Cosmetic Bonding Work?
It is called dental bonding because we “bond” the material to the tooth’s structure. The first step is to select a shade of white that closely matches surrounding teeth. Next, your cosmetic dentist applies an etching liquid to roughen the part of the tooth they’re treating.
The bonding material starts out in a putty-like state. It is placed on the tooth and expertly shaped and sculpted to match the natural contours of the tooth. The final step is to harden the material with a curing light and polish it for a smooth feel.
Can Dental Bonding Save Your Smile?
Dental bonding is a minor procedure that a cosmetic dentist can complete in one appointment. The process is efficient, so we can often repair more than one tooth in a sitting, and since it’s non-invasive, most patients don’t require anesthesia.
Bonding is not as durable as other treatments like veneers and crowns, however, and you will need to replace it few years. The material is also more prone to staining than a smooth porcelain surface.
Schedule an Appointment to Learn More
If you like the idea of a conservative and affordable alternative to crowns and veneers, call and schedule an appointment with our West Chester, OH cosmetic dentist. He will be happy to evaluate your needs and help you decide if dental bonding is right for you.