Not everyone can afford to invest in more expensive cosmetic dentistry treatments — but most adults would still like to improve the appearance of their smiles. Fortunately, there is an efficient and affordable option available with cosmetic bonding in Waxhaw. This noninvasive treatment can improve the appearance of aesthetically imperfect but healthy teeth, and it only takes one visit to the dentist to complete. Interested? Keep reading to learn more about cosmetic bonding and whether or not it’s right for your smile.
What Is Cosmetic Bonding?
Cosmetic (or composite) bonding is a common cosmetic procedure in which your dentist uses a biocompatible composite resin to rebuild the structure of damaged tooth enamel. The resin, which is made of smooth glass and plastic particles, can be customized to match the shade of your surrounding tooth enamel. It is a good option for enhancing or restoring the appearance of your front teeth.
Some of the issues that cosmetic bonding can correct include:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Uneven teeth
- Short or stubby teeth
- Stains or discoloration
- Slight gaps between teeth
- Oddly textured teeth
- And other cosmetic imperfections
What Is the Procedure Like?
The procedure for cosmetic bonding can usually be completed in a single visit to your dentist’s office. Because it is non-invasive, you most likely won’t really need to have any anesthesia.
To begin the procedure, your dentist or hygienist will clean the tooth. The treatment area needs to stay completely dry to ensure proper bonding occurs between the resin and enamel, so special barriers will be placed around the tooth to prevent saliva from touching the tooth.
Once the surface has been prepared, the resin will be placed and artfully sculpted into its most pleasing appearance. The material will then be hardened, and we’ll ask you to bite down on a special paper a couple of times to make sure your teeth fit together properly. Once any final adjustments have been made, the resin is polished — and the procedure is complete!
Is Cosmetic Bonding Right for You?
Cosmetic bonding is a good option for many people, but it’s not a cure-all for everyone. People who have more significant damage to their teeth may require an inlay/onlay or dental crown. Bite alignment issues, like underbite, overbite, or crossbite, should be corrected with orthodontic treatment. Cosmetic bonding is best performed on cosmetically imperfect teeth that are otherwise healthy. Dr. Ruocco will recommend a dental exam before beginning with the treatment.
Now that you know the basics of this popular cosmetic treatment, don’t wait to talk to us to find out for sure whether or not it’s right for you. If it is, we look forward to getting started with composite bonding right away!
About the Authors
Drs. John and Sandi Ruocco are trusted providers of restorative and cosmetic dentistry for patients in and around Waxhaw. To learn more about cosmetic bonding or any of their other services, please do not hesitate to contact Ruocco Dental at 704-843-2880.