Whether you have a chipped tooth, large spaces between your teeth, or even a misshaped tooth – you may be ashamed or embarrassed to smile. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry – specifically, dental bonding, in this case – can transform your smile into something you’re proud of. If you have questions about bonding, you’ve come to the right place! The procedure is rather simple, and you may have even heard of the material they use. Now, when it comes to concerns, such as the cost or your results, every patient is unique. An extensive cosmetic repair will likely take much longer than a minor fix, affecting the cost – but your dentist will cover any of these concerns during your cosmetic consultation.
The Dental Bonding Procedure
As opposed to other cosmetic procedures, bonding is often completed in one appointment as it’s one of the least invasive. In fact, unless your dentist is working on a decayed tooth, you won’t even need anesthesia!
First, the outer enamel on your tooth needs to be rough for the material to bond properly. After creating the right surface, your dentist will apply the material to the areas of concern – whether it’s to bridge a gap or to elongate (and reshape) your tooth. They’ll sculpt the malleable material on your tooth until your smile looks natural and symmetrical and then, a special light is used to harden the material. Afterwards, your tooth will typically need further shaping – but then, your dentist will finish the procedure by polishing the area so it closely resembles your other natural teeth.
What Material Is Used?
The malleable material used for dental bonding is actually used to repair cavities with fillings, too! It’s known as composite-resin and has become increasingly popular due to its esthetic appeal. Your dentist is able to shade the material to match your natural tooth color, providing a seamless smile (whether it’s used for bonding or dental fillings).
Are you considering cosmetic dentistry? Visit Dr. Calcagno for a free cosmetic consultation to learn about your different options and determine the best route for your smile.