A Simple Way to Cover Up Dental Flaws
If you’re looking for a simple and inexpensive way to cover up small dental flaws — like stains, chips or spaces between the teeth — dental bonding might fit the bill. The cosmetic dentistry treatment involves applying a tooth-colored resin material to the surface of the teeth to improve their shape, size or color. The process is quick and easy, and the results can last a very long time. Our team offers dental bonding in Sugar Hill and the surrounding communities.
What Can Dental Bonding Correct?
Dental bonding is a versatile treatment that can correct a number of cosmetic problems, including the following:
- Small chips or cracks in the teeth
- Stains or discoloration that won’t respond to whitening treatment
- Teeth that are considerably smaller than the others
- Irregularly shaped teeth
- Small spaces or gaps in between the teeth
- Exposed tooth roots due to gum recession.
Bonding is typically recommended for superficial damage only. Tooth damage that is more serious in nature may require a more comprehensive restoration, such as a crown or a filling.
Patients love dental bonding because it is cost-effective and can be completed in a single appointment without any wait time. Some patients opt to have their teeth bonded as a temporary fix, while they wait to have veneers placed.
Dental bonding can be completed in a single appointment and does not require anesthesia. First, the resin material will be selected to match your surrounding natural teeth. The surface of the tooth or teeth to be bonded will be gently etched, so the resin material can adhere more closely. The dentist will paint the bonding material onto the tooth to cover up small flaws or improve its size, shape or color.
Short teeth can be made longer, small teeth can be widened and stains can be covered up. Sometimes bonding is used to cover up tooth roots that are exposed because of gum recession; or, occasionally, bonding material is used as an alternative to traditional fillings. The bonding material is flexible and can be sculpted as needed to achieve the desired results.
Once the dentist is satisfied with the bonded tooth, he will use a special light to harden the bonding material. After the bonding material is set, the dentist will polish the tooth so it looks translucent next to the surrounding teeth.
Bonded teeth should be cared for just like natural teeth to prevent any problems. Brush and floss daily and see our dentists at least every six months for a check-up. Avoid foods or beverages that are known to stain teeth, as they may stain the bonding. Refrain from biting or chewing on hard objects, like ice or shells, which could fracture the bonding.
With the right care and attention, dental bonding can last successfully for years.
Learn More about Dental Bonding
If you would like to discuss dental bonding and your cosmetic dentistry options with our dentists, request an appointment at Dentistry of Sugar Hill. Call or email us today.