Cosmetic Dental Bonding Uses

By Joan Kirschner on October 24, 2014

A blonde woman with a beautiful smileDo you have healthy teeth and gums, but feel unhappy with the appearance of your smile? Some patients have minor imperfections, such as tooth stains or gaps, which can be easily treated with the cosmetic dental bonding procedure. This procedure involves the application of a tooth-colored resin material to the surface of the teeth. The resin can mask stains and even augment a tooth to fill in gaps and chips. Unlike porcelain veneers, which are better suited to more comprehensive smile makeovers and take two to three appointments to design and place, cosmetic dental bonding can be completed in one, short appointment. Here, Dr. Joan Kirschner, of Plymouth General Dentistry, explains the many uses of cosmetic dental bonding treatment.

Intrinsic Tooth Discoloration

Dental bonding is an excellent treatment option for intrinsic tooth discoloration, which affects the inner structures of the tooth. Intrinsic discoloration requires a different treatment approach than extrinsic discoloration, which affects the outer enamel and can be treated with teeth whitening. Instead of lifting the stains off of the teeth, intrinsic stains are masked with dental materials. The cosmetic bonding resin can be applied in an even layer over the stained teeth to make them appear whiter.

Gaps between the Teeth

Gaps between the teeth can be filled in with the dental bonding material. To achieve this, Dr. Kirschner will apply several layers of the resin to the teeth, hardening each layer with a special curing light. The shape of the teeth is then refined, producing a beautiful and natural looking smile that is free of gaps.

Chips and Cracks

Unfortunately, injury and daily use can result in tooth chips and fractures. When chips and cracks affect the visible teeth, it can distract from the beauty of your smile. In these cases, the dental bonding material can be used to fill in chips and cracks, and restore the appearance of the tooth. The color of the resin will be matched closely to your surrounding tooth so the results of treatment look beautiful and natural.

A Misshaped Tooth

In cases in which patients have one or two misshaped teeth, dental bonding can be used to improve tooth proportion. Dental bonding is best suited to patients who desire subtle improvement to one or two teeth. If several teeth are to be lengthened, porcelain veneers may be a better option.

Minor Alignment Issues

In cases of minor misalignment - where up to two teeth require improvement - dental bonding may be an ideal solution. However, more severe misalignment may require more aggressive treatment, such as Invisalign® or braces. To find out if your misalignment can be treated with dental bonding, it is best to schedule a consultation with a dentist, or ask your dentist about your treatment options during a routine dental check-up.

In order to be considered a good candidate for cosmetic dental bonding, patients must be in good oral health. Any dental health problems that affect the teeth or gums must be addressed before cosmetic treatment of any type can be performed.

To schedule a dental bonding appointment with Dr. Joan Kirschner, contact us today.

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