For individuals with less than perfect smiles, cosmetic bonding may be just the answer for providing a quick fix that enhances the look and function of teeth. One of the most common types of cosmetic dentistry procedures, cosmetic bonding is a relatively simple procedure that can be used to improve the look of teeth that are chipped, cracked or stained. The procedure’s versatility also makes it a good option for other types of dental issues.
One reason why so many dentists recommend cosmetic bonding over other types of procedures is that it is one of the easiest ways to improve the look and function of teeth. The procedure is not only used to cover up imperfections, like chips and cracks, but it can also be used to reshape teeth, add to the length of teeth or fill in gaps.
When undergoing a cosmetic bonding procedure, the dentist uses a tooth-colored resin material that is applied to the surface of an existing tooth, where it is then molded and shaped as needed. The material is allowed to harden and is then buffed and polished so it resembles the finish of your natural teeth. This procedures provides immediate results (you walk out of the dentist’s office in a single visit with an enhanced smile!) and also is not as invasive as other types of procedures.
In contrast, some people prefer porcelain veneers if their teeth are in need of enhancement. Although this procedure may offer more long-term results, the cosmetic treatment does not come without its drawbacks. For one, teeth must first be etched in order to serve as a base for the veneers to be attached and this can be uncomfortable for some patients. A mold must also be taken so that the veneers can be manufactured in the lab so during this time, a temporary may be required to be worn. A second visit will be needed during which the veneers will be checked for fit and will then be permanently adhered. One other drawback to this option compared to cosmetic bonding is that it is more expensive, although the final results can be superior.
For individuals in need of some type of tooth enhancement, it is best to talk to a qualified cosmetic dentist to find out what options are available and to get the dentist’s recommendation for the best choice depending on the existing nature of teeth, the desired outcome and budget. However, keep in mind that dental bonding is a versatile option that can fix a lot of dental “woes” without breaking the bank, so it’s often a desirable option for many patients.
For more information about cosmetic bonding, contact Gentle Dental in Queens at 718-461-0100.