Dental bonding is a conservative cosmetic dentistry procedure designed to correct tooth damage or perceived dental imperfections with natural-looking results. During the procedure, a color-matched composite resin is bonded to the surface of teeth to repair chips, cracks, discoloration, or gaps. Cosmetic bonding can resolve minor aesthetic concerns while preserving more natural tooth structure than porcelain veneers or dental crowns. Using versatile dental bonding techniques, our cosmetic dentist—John Cross, DDS—can rejuvenate your smile with beautiful results.
Benefits of Cosmetic Bonding
Cosmetic bonding is one of the fastest ways to correct several aesthetic issues concerning the shape, color, and spacing of teeth. This cosmetic dentistry technique can be used to:
- Repair chipped and cracked teeth
- Conceal tooth stains and discoloration
- Minimize the appearance of gaps and spaces between teeth
- Modify tooth shape
Unlike porcelain veneers or dental crowns, cosmetic bonding can preserve most if not all of the natural tooth structure. The entire procedure can typically be completed within one visit, improving the beauty of your smile almost instantly. Finally, dental bonding is a more economical way to rejuvenate your smile compared to other cosmetic dentistry techniques.
Cosmetic Bonding Procedure and Results
Before the cosmetic bonding procedure begins, Dr. Cross will clean and examine the affected tooth to determine if any preparation is required. Next, a bonding solution is applied to the tooth as a foundation for the composite resin. Layers of composite resin are then built up upon the tooth, and then sculpted and textured to create a natural-looking appearance. The entire procedure can usually be completed within an hour and typically requires no anesthesia.
To protect the health of your rejuvenated tooth, Dr. Cross recommends that you brush and floss as normal. Since composite resin can become stained just like teeth, daily oral hygiene can help extend the duration of your dental bonding work. With proper care, cosmetic bonding can last from five to ten years before a touch-up or replacement is necessary.
To learn more about cosmetic bonding, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cross, please contact OC Lifesmiles today.