If you want to improve the look of your smile but are not excited about the idea of undergoing major cosmetic dentistry treatments, then dental bonding might offer the perfect combination of benefits for you. Dental bonding is a simple and non-invasive cosmetic treatment that can drastically improve the appearance of your smile by correcting a variety of small imperfections.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a quick, simple, and non-invasive cosmetic dentistry treatment that has a variety of versatile applications.
Dental bonding is made from composite resin, a type of plastic that can be molded, dyed to blend with a patient’s natural tooth color, and then cured and hardened with a special light.
What Concerns Can Dental Bonding Address?
Dental bonding is primarily used to address minor cosmetic concerns and imperfections. It is commonly used to:
- Fill in gaps between teeth
- Correct the contour of a misshapen tooth
- Cover stains or cracks in damaged teeth
- Change the size or length of a tooth
- Improve the overall symmetry of your smile
Additionally, dental bonding can be used to help address extreme tooth sensitivity in cases where recessed gums have left a patient’s dentin exposed.
What To Expect When Getting Dental Bonding
The dental bonding procedure is quite simple to perform. It is non-invasive and usually doesn’t even require local anesthetics – except in cases where severe tooth sensitivity is present.
We begin by thoroughly cleaning (scaling and polishing) the treatment area to remove all plaque and tartar buildup.
Once the area has been thoroughly cleaned, Dr. Zalesky uses a special tool to make a few small scores or scratches on the surface of your natural tooth. This creates a greater surface area and improves the strength of the bond between the composite resin and your tooth.
We then select a composite resin in a shade that blends with your natural teeth. Next, we use a tool to blow air on the tooth, ensuring it is completely dry. Dr. Zalesky then applies the composite resin, molds it into the desired shape, and uses a special light to cure and set the resin.
Caring for Your Dental Bonding
Composite resin is a long-lasting and durable material, but it is still vulnerable to damage. We strongly recommend that patients with dental bonding avoid chewing on any particularly hard foods or materials.
If your bonding becomes chipped or otherwise damaged, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a repair appointment. Dental bonding can be easily touched up and maintained so you can enjoy a lifetime with your more perfect smile.
Dental Bonding and Complete Cosmetics at Aurora Hills Dental
Aurora Hills Dental is pleased to provide our patients with comprehensive cosmetic and restorative dental services. Whether you’re looking to correct a few minor imperfections with dental bonding or would like to completely reimagine your smile with a comprehensive smile restoration and makeover treatment plan, our dentist, Dr. Zalesky, can help you achieve your smile goals.
To learn more about dental bonding or to schedule a smile makeover consultation, we welcome you to contact our dental office in Aurora today.