What is Cosmetic Bonding (Dental Bonding)?
Cosmetic Bonding (Dental Bonding) is a wonderful solution to remedy issues of tooth decay, to reshape teeth and/or fill in small gaps. Cosmetic Bonding is most often used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth, but it also can be used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer, or to change the shape or color of teeth.
In recent years, cosmetic bonding has proven to be a highly effective treatment for closing spaces between the teeth. Composite resin, a plastic material, is applied to the teeth to make them wider in areas where gaps exist. Bonding can also be used to close a space temporarily, until dental crowns are made, for example. On the other hand, if you are having your spaces closed through orthodontics or Invisalign, even if some of your teeth are too dark, bonding can be used to lighten them while the spaces are being closed.
Why is Cosmetic Bonding Used?
Dental Bonding is an option that can be used to:
- Repair a decayed tooth or teeth (a composite resin is used to fill any cavities)
- Improve the appearance of stained or discolored teeth
- Repair a chipped or cracked tooth or teeth
- Close spaces between teeth
- Increase the length of teeth
- Change the shape of teeth
- Protect a portion of tooth root where gums have receded
- Provide an alternative to amalgam fillings
Unlike porcelain veneers and crowns (customized tooth coverings that need to be manufactured in a lab), dental bonding can usually be done in just one office visit, unless there are several teeth involved in the treatment. Additionally, when compared with veneers and crowns, cosmetic bonding requires the least amount of tooth enamel removal. Best of all, perhaps, unless dental bonding is being performed to fill a cavity, anesthesia is typically not required.
If you’d like to learn more about cosmetic bonding or other dental bonding options to repair your teeth, call our Crest Hill, Illinois dental office today at (815) 741-1700. One of our friendly dental team members will always be ready to speak with you.
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Advanced Family Dental & Orthodontics, PC & Affiliates is a full service general dentistry practice with specialty care in the areas of orthodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, Invisalign and more.