Small imperfections, like a chipped or misshapen tooth, can ruin an otherwise beautiful smile. Dental bonding is a simple cosmetic dentistry procedure that corrects the problem without multiple visits to the dentist. In only one appointment, your imperfect tooth can be restored with composite resin. This tooth-colored material is used in various applications including fillings, lengthening short teeth, closing small gaps between teeth and repairing chips and cracks.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding
A mixture of plastic and glass or ceramic is used to restore the affected tooth. The putty-like resin is blended to match the color of your tooth and placed in or on the tooth to rebuild the natural shape. A curing light is used to harden the resin and bond it to the tooth. Once the composite is hardened, the dentist then removes the excess, sculpts the form and polishes the restoration. The end result is a beautifully reconstructed tooth that looks and feels like your natural tooth.
Cosmetic bonding can be used in a variety of ways to produce a better looking smile. Bonding can be used to reshape or contour teeth. Short teeth can give your smile a stunted look, but dental bonding can lengthen them and/or widen them to produce a more appealing smile.
An Affordable Alternative
Dental veneers are used to mask a variety of dental problems, but you may not need an entire set of veneers to create your perfect smile. Cosmetic bonding is a viable, affordable alternative. If you have one or more teeth that are discolored and will not respond to whitening products, dental bonding can be used to make those teeth look brighter and whiter.
It is important to note that the resin used in dental bonding does not discolor the same as your natural tooth will. For this reason, it may be necessary to have touch-up teeth whitening to keep your natural teeth the same shade as the bonded area. With proper care, bonding can last for years.
If you think you can benefit from dental bonding, make a call to Smiles in Malibu. Schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Perkins, and find out the ways in which dental bonding can enhance your smile.