Dental BondingAn Overview
Your smile is unique, and one of cosmetic dentistry’s main goals is to help you retain that uniqueness. Rather than completely changing your smile, cosmetic treatment brings out your smile’s natural beauty by discreetly correcting imperfections. For instance, tooth bonding, which is the art of subtly rejuvenating a tooth through the use of biocompatible resin, can fix a number of cosmetic issues while remaining virtually undetectable. With its lifelike finish and minimally invasive nature, tooth bonding can do wonders for your smile’s appearance in several different ways.
Cosmetic dentist Dr. Heather Adams offers dental bonding as part of her comprehensive cosmetic services offered at her Bentonville, AR area dentist office. A thorough oral health exam and consultation will be completed prior to treatment to ensure a stable and healthy smile.
Adults and children can repair damage or improve the aesthetic of their smile with dental bonding. A highly malleable material, the bonding can be colored and shaped to match your adjacent teeth to create a natural end result.
Dental bonding is an ideal cosmetic solution for growing smiles too! Children and teens often choose dental bonding to restore a chipped or cracked tooth, or to reshape an oblong tooth. Dental bonding provides beautiful results without the financial commitment or permanence of dental veneers.
Dental bonding can be used to:
- Close gaps between teeth
- Reshape a tooth
- Whiten a discolored tooth
Improve The Color of Your Tooth
Tooth bonding utilizes tooth-colored composite resin, which is a biocompatible mixture of finely ground acrylic and quartz-like particles. Before applying the resin, your dentist will carefully tint the material to closely match the healthy color of your teeth. In many cases, bonding can be utilized to improve a tooth that is severely stained or discolored when teeth whitening doesn’t work.
Rebuild Your Tooth’s Strength
When a tooth is worn down, chipped, or cracked, its structural integrity is compromised and it becomes more likely to suffer more damage. Not to mention, the blemish can significantly impact the tooth’s appearance. If your tooth isn’t so damaged that it requires a dental crown, then tooth bonding may provide a more conservative option for boosting your tooth’s strength and protecting it from further harm.
Treat a Cavity Without Anyone Knowing
In addition to cosmetic treatment, tooth-colored composite resin is also a popular alternative to metal for treating tooth decay and cavities. By placing the resin inside of your cleaned and prepared cavity, your dentist can create a tooth-colored filling that bonds more securely to your tooth than metal amalgam. The resin also blends in with your smile so your filling will remain discreet even if it is placed in a highly visible tooth.