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It is clear that many people would like to have whiter and straighter teeth. This is clear due to the advertisements on social media and even influences photos of people with perfect smiles online.
One of the cosmetic treatment options our dental team at performs is dental bonding. Dental bonding involves using a tooth-colored composite material that is applied to your tooth. The bonding material is sculpted, shaped, and then hardened and polished onto your tooth, thus called bonding because the material bonds to your tooth.
We are dedicated to giving you a smile that you can show off with great confidence. Dental bonding will allow you to camouflage any tooth gaps, chips, or irregularities in your teeth, and will give you comfort as you smile. Dental bonding addresses several other tooth issues as well.
Dental Bonding Can Help with Diastema
There is a condition known as diastema, which is a gap between the front teeth. When smiling, people will often see the front teeth and if you have a gap then you might feel shy and self conscious about smiling.
If you have diastema this can mean that the jaw bone has issues with an undersized or missing tooth, abnormally sized labial frenum (the soft tissue above your two front teeth that attaches to your upper lip), periodontal gum disease, or even because of an incorrect swallowing reflex. When the diastema gap is left untreated it can remain so for the rest of your life. If you have a diastema due to gum disease or a tongue thrust - where the tongue presses up against the teeth or between them while swallowing - this gap can enlarge as time goes by. You need to seek dental treatment if you have this gap so that you can be confident about your smile.
When Is Bonding Most Effective?
What you should remember as you come in for dental bonding treatment is that it is a cosmetic procedure and will not correct any orthodontic issues. If you have a misaligned bite and teeth, or crooked and crowded teeth, unfortunately bonding cannot treat these issues. This is because bonding is merely required to improve how your teeth look. Dental bonding is, therefore, an effective procedure for people who want to improve their appearance by closing small gaps.
If you have misaligned teeth it will be best to seek orthodontic care since that is the most effective treatment in such a case.
If you suffer from crooked or gapped teeth, you may need a way to conceal or correct these dental issues. Our office can provide you with several options that include Invisalign®, porcelain veneers, or composite resin veneers. Each of these treatments has been proven to help conceal or correct misalignment, giving you an unforgettable smile.
If you have missing teeth, treatments such as dental crowns, dental bridges, and dental implants can be the most effective. Our dentists can only determine the best treatment for you after they thoroughly examine your teeth. Visit our dental clinic for an examination which will determine the best care that you should receive for your individual needs. You can trust our dental professionals to provide the most appropriate dental procedure that will correct your dental issues.
Bonding Can Help with Teeth Stains
Teeth stains can be embarrassing, but our office can provide you with the proper treatment to get rid of them permanently. If you have healthy teeth and gums, we might recommend teeth whitening. This involves using professional-grade bleaching to brighten your teeth between four to eight shades. You can have this treatment done in one session at our office or we can provide you with a home kit that takes several sessions to complete. If you experience deeper stains that bleaching won’t be able to assist with, we can provide dental bonding or veneers.
Bonding for Broken or Irregularly Shaped Teeth
Chips and breaks to teeth happen more often than you might think. These types of misshapen teeth can disrupt both the balance of your features and symmetry to your face. To correct them, we can suggest dental bonding, which uses a composite resin filling that bonds naturally to your teeth. This is perfect for chipped or cracked teeth. We may also recommend dental veneers, especially if you have an asymmetrical smile due to irregularly shaped teeth. This provides you with an even smile, as well as a brighter one since you select the shade of white that you want.
Bonding is an Alternative to Cosmetic Contouring
Dental bonding is a great alternative to cosmetic contouring. This is another non-invasive procedure that uses composite resin to improve the size, shape, or appearance of the teeth. Porcelain veneers are another alternative. This treatment is minimally invasive and does require the removal of larger amounts of enamel to make sure the veneers can sit naturally and blend in with the rest of your smile.
What is the Main Difference Between Bonding and Veneers?]
Veneers are similar to bonding, but instead of using a painted resin, it instead uses a sheet of resin that is adhered to your tooth. This can help repair uneven teeth and conceal stains and chips. Unlike bonding, though, veneers can take multiple appointments (usually two) over the course of two weeks to a month.
Both procedures can significantly improve the appearance of your teeth. The basic difference remains with veneers, where your teeth will be shaved down so they can be fitted, while there is no such procedure during bonding. Dental bonding is a simple procedure and can be completed in a single dental visit.
Dental bonding provides many benefits for reshaping tooth gaps, chips, and other irregularities that may occur in your teeth. Dentists at our facility are skilled to offer you the best treatment for your condition. During your consultation, we will go over all of your cosmetic options to help you choose the right solution for your specific needs. Call us at to schedule your appointment today.
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Nancy Shiba, DDS
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