Dental Bonding, Joppa Dentist
Everyone deserves to feel confident about their smile. Unfortunately, there can be many different things about the way that our teeth look that can cause us to try and hide them as much as possible. Cracks, chips and stains are common causes of embarrassment, leading to people suffering from low confidence and self-esteem. Fortunately, there are a range of cosmetic dentistry treatments that can address a multitude of concerns with our teeth and enable us to achieve the smile that we have been dreaming of.
One highly popular cosmetic dentistry solution that can tackle aesthetic imperfections on the teeth is known as dental bonding.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is the name given to a procedure that is primarily cosmetic in nature, but that does also have some functional benefits for the teeth. The process involves pasting a special tooth-colored resin onto your natural teeth so that any cosmetic imperfections are covered and addressed. Once the resin has been applied and we are pleased with the improvements that it has made, it is set using a special light. This secures it permanently to your teeth. Your teeth are then polished to perfection and you are ready to leave with your smile transformed.
Unlike porcelain veneers which are a popular alternative to dental bonding, bonding often requires no invasive action taken against your natural teeth. Instead, the resin is simply applied over the top. In the rare instance that a little of the natural enamel needs to be removed, this is done under a local anesthetic and should cause no discomfort. Bonding resin can then be applied. As a result, dental bonding can be completed in just one visit to our offices.
What issues can dental bonding help to correct?
Dental bonding can be used to address a variety of different cosmetic dental issues including:
Chips and cracks
Discoloration and stains
Adding thickness to unnaturally thin teeth
Adding height to short teeth
Closing small gaps between the teeth
What are the benefits of choosing dental bonding?
Dental bonding enables patients to experience several advantages over other types of cosmetic dentistry. These include:
A minimally invasive treatment
In most cases it is possible for the bonding resin to be applied with no preparation to underlying teeth required. In the few instances where a little of the natural tooth enamel will first need to be removed, this is done painlessly using anesthetic. The minimally-invasive nature of dental bonding means that there is no recovery period required.
Durable and long-lasting
Dental bonding resin may not look like the toughest substance, but once it has been cured and hardened, it is extremely tough and durable. In most instances, patients who look after their teeth will need little to no maintenance to their bonding for up to 10 years.
Simple, fast repairs
In the unlikely event that your bonding does become damaged, it can be repaired extremely quickly and easily in just one visit to our offices.
Improved confidence in your smile
By addressing some of those aspects which make you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your smile, you can enjoy renewed confidence in how your teeth look. The effects of this confidence can impact on many different areas of your life, from your career to your personal relationships.
Functional benefits of dental bonding
Although dental bonding is principally undertaken for cosmetic reasons, it also provides several functional benefits for your smile. Firstly, the bonding resin acts as an additional layer of protection for your natural dental enamel, covering it so that any damage that could occur to your teeth will first have to go through the hardened resin. This adds strength to your teeth. However, in addition to this, any plaque that may start to form has an additional layer to penetrate before it can reach your natural teeth.
If you are wondering if you are a good candidate for dental bonding, our experienced and knowledgeable dentists would be happy to assess your suitability. Please contact our offices in Joppa, MD today to schedule your appointment.