From teeth-whitening to porcelain veneers and crowns, cosmetic dentistry offers a solution for just about every cosmetic smile concern. Whichever treatment you choose, however, should be designed to preserve a maximum amount of your healthy tooth structure. To that end, many patients often choose cosmetic tooth bonding – a minimally invasive option that can improve your smile with little or no alterations to your teeth.
Tooth bonding is the process of bonding tooth-colored composite resin – a highly customizable material – to a small area of a tooth’s surface. The resin is first tinted to match the tooth’s specific color before being applied to the tooth. Then, your dentist will artistically sculpt the resin to create an attractive, ideal contour for your entire tooth. Bonding is often popular as a conservative solution for teeth with chipped or worn edges, or minor cracks in their surfaces. The resin can also be placed directly over a severe tooth stain that can’t be brightened with teeth-whitening.
There are several reasons why patients choose bonding, including the time you save at the dentist’s office and the significant improvement to your overall smile. After a careful examination, your dentist will help you determine if the cosmetic treatment can help you, too. If you exhibit any of the following issues, then bonding may be the optimal choice for you: