Are your teeth showing some natural wear and tear but you don’t want any complicated and expensive dental procedures? Cosmetic bonding may be the simple and relatively inexpensive solution you have been looking for. Bella Smiles, a respected Long Island, NY dental office, explains how this relatively inexpensive and increasingly popular cosmetic dentistry treatment can help you have the smile you want.
What is cosmetic dental bonding?
Cosmetic bonding is a procedure that repairs damage and defects in your tooth enamel. Your Bella Smiles dentist uses composite resin, a soft, plastic-based material, to fill in the dents and worn areas on your teeth to restore the appearance of your smile.
Composite resin can be thought of as similar to the spackle used in home repairs but for your teeth not your walls. In its’ soft state, it can be shaped to fill in any chip or indentation, making it ideal for resolving an assortment of cosmetic dental issues.
Once the resin hardens or bonds — giving the procedure its name — it will not only be as strong as your natural tooth enamel but it will look just like it as well. Your Bella Smiles dentist will choose a composite resin that is colored to match the hue and shade your natural tooth enamel so that the bonded area is never obvious.
What are the signs dental bonding may be necessary?
Chips in teeth, even small ones, can be noticeable and embarrassing. But cosmetic dental bonding can be used to fill in these chips as well as for protecting the roots of teeth that may have become exposed due to receding gums. This condition can cause heightened sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages due to the lack of that protective layer of gum tissue. This can make eating uncomfortable. Covering the roots with composite resin can decrease this sensitivity while protecting the roots.
Maybe you have one tooth that doesn’t look like the rest? Sometimes a tooth can be discolored, twisted, crooked, short or oddly shaped teeth but still in perfect working order otherwise. Bonding material can be used to change the appearance and color of the tooth, giving your smile a fresher, more uniform look..
Cosmetic bonding is also a good choice for filling in small gaps between your teeth. Gaps in your teeth can trap food as well as making you self-conscious about the way your smile looks. Bonding is a simple and relatively affordable way to eliminate those spaces and make eating easier.
While composite bonding doesn’t last quite as long as some other cosmetic procedures such as veneers, you should still be able to wear them for up to 10 years if you care for them properly. This means avoiding chewing hard candy, ice cubes and other hard and/or sticky food that can damage your composite material.
Cosmetic dental bonding in Long Island, NY
Cosmetic dental bonding can give you back the healthy smile of your youth! Contact your Bella Smiles dentist at our Riverhead, Roslyn and Nesconset locations for a consultation today to take advantage of this versatile cosmetic dentistry treatment!