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Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Many patients are pleasantly surprised to learn about all of the different uses for dental bonding. Although the name doesn’t do it justice, dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that can be used to fix dental concerns. This tooth colored resin material (a long lasting and durable plastic product) is applied and hardened with a light curing process. The material “bonds” to the tooth and is able to quickly restore or enhance a person’s smile.

Dental bonding is an option:

  • To restore chipped or cracked teeth
  • To fill decayed teeth rather than using silver amalgam
  • To change the shape of disproportioned teeth
  • To mask discoloration in tooth enamel
  • To close spaces or fill in gaps between teeth
  • To make teeth look longer
  • As a cosmetic and biocompatible alternative to mercury fillings
  • To protect and repair a portion of the tooth’s root that is exposed with gum recession.

Many patients choose dental bonding to quickly enhance their smile. Unlike crowns or veneers, bonding can be done in one visit, allowing for an immediate and impactful enhancement. Dental bonding is popular with teens and young adults because it’s one of the easiest and least expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures to complete. Although it does not last as long as a lab made veneer or crown, it does helps patients preserve more of their natural tooth enamel. Unless the bonding material is being used to fill a cavity, most times patients don’t even need to be frozen.

Because there are limitations to dental bonding, some dentists choose it for use on small cosmetic changes only. Since every patients needs are different, we invite you to consult with your dentist about the best cosmetic approach for your particular situation. Ask your dentist about it today.

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