Will Dental Bonding Improve My Smile?

dental-bondingOur smiles are among the first things people notice about us, and even minor imperfections in the appearance of our teeth or gums can lower our self-confidence. Fortunately, dental bonding is an inexpensive way to address certain cosmetic issues, and it has the added benefit of requiring little advance preparation and limited post-procedure recovery time.

If you have had a cavity filled in your front teeth in the past few years, your dentist may have used dental bonding employing a composite resin to minimize the filling’s noticeability. Dental bonding also has uses beyond creating “invisible” fillings.

How Dental Bonding Can Improve Your Smile

  1. To shelter  your tooth root when part of it becomes exposed. The dental bonding in this case covers the vulnerable root, which has no enamel to protect it.
  2. To close spaces between your teeth. Most gaps in your natural teeth pose no risk to your oral health, but dental bonding can fill visually displeasing gaps and provide a smoother appearance to your smile.
  3. To fix small chips in your teeth. As a general guideline, the smaller the chip, the more sense it makes to use dental bonding to repair it. Filling the space also protects the inside of your mouth against damage from the chip’s jagged edge.
  4. To improve the color of a natural tooth. Although the composite resin used in dental bonding is not stain-resistant like porcelain veneers, it does not require a significant amount of tooth enamel to be removed to apply it, and it can be repaired easily if it comes off.

Dental bonding usually requires no local anesthetic unless used to fill a cavity. The process takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth, so work on one tooth can often be completed in a single session at your dentist.

“Dental bonding is a good option for patients with minor smile challenges,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix and the founder of Dr. Carol Ford & Associates. “Call our office today to determine if this procedure could be a cost-effective solution for you.”

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