24th Street Dental Biltmore provides a variety of cosmetic and restorative treatments aimed at enhancing both the appearance and functionality of your smile. One of these treatments, cosmetic bonding, offers numerous benefits for patients who are unhappy with their smile’s current condition.
What Is Cosmetic Bonding?
Cosmetic bonding is a procedure where a dentist applies a putty-like material called composite resin to the surface of a tooth that is not aesthetically pleasing. 24th Street Dental Biltmore dentist, Dr. Donnelly, might suggest cosmetic bonding to fix teeth that have gaps, chips, fractures, irregular shapes, or severe discoloration. Composite resin is a great choice for cosmetic purposes because it can be shaped and molded to look like natural enamel.
Additionally, we are able to match the composite material to the shade of your natural tooth, making it nearly impossible to distinguish from the rest of your enamel. Composite bonding also offers a restorative solution. Nowadays, composite resin is commonly used to fill cavities instead of amalgam (silver fillings) because of its aesthetic benefits.
The Cosmetic Bonding Procedure
During your appointment, Dr. Donnelly, at 24th Street Dental Biltmore, will assess your eligibility for cosmetic bonding. In the majority of cases, the procedure can be finished during the same appointment. Once we determine the desired changes to the shape, size, or color of your tooth, we will use a shade guide to choose the composite resin that best matches your natural teeth.
Afterwards, we will lightly scratch the tooth’s surface that will be treated with the composite resin. This will create a coarser texture, aiding in the adhesion of the composite resin to the tooth’s surface. Then, we will apply a conditioning liquid to the surface, which will also assist in the bonding process. Once the area is adequately prepared, Dr. Donnelly will carefully place the composite resin.
We will mold and smooth the composite until it reaches the desired shape. Then, we will use an ultraviolet curing light to bond the material to the tooth. This light will also quickly harden the composite. After ensuring a secure bond, we will trim any excess material and polish the area until it matches the natural shine of your enamel.
In general, the cosmetic bonding procedure typically lasts between 30 minutes to an hour. If multiple teeth are involved, we may need to schedule additional appointments. After leaving our office, your bonded tooth does not require any special treatment. Regular brushing and flossing can help prolong the lifespan of your bonded tooth. If you notice any issues with your bite or sharp edges, please make an appointment with us as soon as possible. We may need to repair or replace the bonding.