Sometimes, there is just a little something that you wish could be improved about your smile. Nothing major, just a simple fix that can be done quickly and effectively to transform your teeth slightly, but significantly, at least in your eyes. From a slight chip to that one tooth that always seemed a bit shorter than the rest, if we can fix it, you’ll feel so much better. And it’s all thanks to the wonders of cosmetic bonding, something we do to make your dental dreams come true.
Cosmetic bonding is a process we highly recommend at Cornerstone Dental Arts that works quite well in such a situation. This relatively quick and totally pain-free process is an excellent fixer-upper for spacing or small gaps between teeth you’d prefer were closed up, minor chips or cracks that have been bothering you, discoloration or dullness that doesn’t let you smile with that “mega-watt” shine, or slight crookedness that has always shaken up your confidence. Bonding is also useful for minimal reshaping or rebuilding when a veneer or denture is far more work than needed to achieve your goal.
The layered resin compound which makes up the bonding material will match your natural tooth color flawlessly and finely fill in those less than perfect places you have always wished looked better. When you do not need a total overhaul, something more basic, yet beautifying like bonding is the answer. Here is more information about cosmetic bonding, and why it may just be the dental solution you have been seeking. Suddenly, that slight crack will be history!
How is the Cosmetic Bonding Process Done?
The entire process is straightforward and comparatively simple when you consider other more major dental work one might require. First, we will gently roughen (etch) the surface of your tooth ever so slightly so the bonding material (in liquid form) can best adhere to the tooth. Once it fully hardens and sets in place, we will artfully and carefully shape or sand down the bonded area to perfection and polish it smoothly so it matches the natural tooth as far as shine and texture. The resulting appearance is completely natural. No one will know it’s not part of your natural tooth…unless you tell them.
The whole cosmetic bonding process can be done during one visit to the office since the bonding agent is formed to your tooth right here. There are no impressions of the teeth or bite to be taken and sent to a lab to create the bonding material. This process is far less involved than other procedures that require follow up visits until final results are accomplished. Bonding is looking better and better!
How Long Will the Bonding Work Last?
Bonding is quite durable, but it is not as strong as your natural teeth. The bonded areas can chip or break, so be extra careful if you tend to clench your teeth, while you are eating hard foods or candy, and definitely do not use your teeth as “tools” to open bottles and things of the sort. Additionally, the bonded areas may stain more readily than natural teeth, so pay attention to what you eat and drink, as well as smoking. That said, the results of cosmetic bonding last an average of 3-5 years, potentially many more when you practice good oral hygiene habits.
How Do I Care for My Bonded Tooth/Teeth?
Just like natural teeth, practicing good oral hygiene habits every day is a must. Brush and floss your teeth regularly, at least twice per day. And don’t forget to keep up with your regular dental exams here at Cornerstone Dental Arts. Essentially, treat the bonded teeth as you would your other teeth, just pay more attention to their color and connection to the tooth. If you see any staining or discoloration, before whitening on your own, see one of our dentists. The bonded area may not whiten the same as your natural tooth, so we will guide you through the process. Also, you may want to avoid consuming coffee, tea, wine, chocolate, and other foods and drinks known for staining. If you do choose to consume these items, brush completely to avoid allowing the stain to set in. If you believe you grind or clench your teeth at night, this can affect the bonded regions and how long they hold up. We may choose to fit you for a nighttime bite plate to help you with these conditions.
Are you ready for cosmetic bonding? Before long, your teeth will be more beautiful than ever, done simply and affordably. If you have any questions regarding bonding or want to schedule a consultation with a Cornerstone Dental Arts dentist, please give us a call at (865) 290-1055. We look forward to seeing you and perfecting your smile with the benefits of bonding.