Is Bonding the Right Cosmetic Dentistry Option for You?
By Byron J Nordhus D.D.S. on May 12, 2015
If you want to conceal stains, reshape your teeth, or straighten your smile, you have a number of cosmetic dentistry options. Dental bonding is one of the most effective and affordable options. Using tooth-colored composite resin, Dr. Byron Nordhus can conceal many types of aesthetic flaws. Cosmetic bonding is suitable for a wide range of patients, since it involves little alteration of your natural teeth. If you are researching the best way to improve your smile, Dr. Nordhus will provide a thorough consultation. You will discuss your cosmetic goals, budget, and health needs. Then he will recommend bonding or an alternative procedure. To learn more about cosmetic dental bonding candidates, contact our Wichita practice today.
What Is Cosmetic Bonding?
Cosmetic bonding is a quick and affordable procedure. Before performing this treatment, Dr. Nordhus will plan out your treatment, and he can even show you what your smile will look like after completion. You should come prepared to discuss your goals so you can enjoy optimal results. Your dentist can treat any number of teeth, depending on your goals. You may want to enhance only one tooth, or you might desire a complete smile transformation.
After planning your treatment, Dr. Nordhus will choose a shade of composite that blends with your smile. Composite comes in a wide array of tints, and he will choose the one that is virtually indistinguishable from your dental enamel. He will use a mild chemical solution to etch your teeth, thereby creating a strong bonding surface for the composite. Then he will coat your teeth in the material, shaping it so that it fills in chips, conceals flaws, and lies naturally against your teeth. Finally, he will use a curing light to harden the composite, and he will polish your teeth for a lifelike sparkle.
The Functions of Dental Bonding
If you want to improve any of the following dental concerns, you may be a good candidate for cosmetic bonding:
- Dark intrinsic stains. (Teeth whitening is typically a better option for moderate extrinsic discoloration.)
- Chipped, cracked, or worn teeth
- Gapped or slightly crooked teeth
- Unusually shaped or sized teeth
Porcelain veneers can achieve similar results to dental bonding. Your oral health will largely determine which of these treatments is most appropriate for you. To apply veneers, Dr. Nordhus must remove some of your dental enamel. Without this step, the porcelain shells may appear bulky and unnatural. If you have suffered enamel erosion, however, you may not be able to undergo this preparatory process. In this case, bonding may be a safer and more effective way to improve your smile.
Your budget is another important factor when you are choosing your cosmetic treatment. Bonding costs less than porcelain veneers. The composite will not last as long as porcelain. However, thanks to the reasonable cost, touch-up treatments are practical and affordable. Additionally, both treatments can correct various flaws at once, saving you the trouble and expense of multiple cosmetic procedures.
Find Out if Bonding Is Right for You
Learn more about bonding and how it can enhance your smile. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and find out if you are a candidate for this treatment.
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