The Uses of Cosmetic Dental Bonding By Dr. Scott Parr on October 10, 2014

A couple smiling together while outdoorsWe at The Smile Center have always tried our best to improve the health and appearance of patient's smiles. This commitment to patient wellness and good results is why so many patients in and around the greater Virginia Beach area have come to our team.

While porcelain veneers (a highly versatile cosmetic dentistry treatment option) remain a very popular option for smile makeovers and aesthetic enhancement, a number of patients can benefit from undergoing dental bonding treatment instead in certain circumstances. Let's take a look at dental bonding right now and consider how it can be used to aid patients.

About Dental Bonding

Also known as composite bonding and tooth bonding, dental bonding refers to the use of special tooth-colored resins that are painted directly onto the teeth. This resin is carefully polished once it dries in order to ensure that it blends in seamlessly with your natural tooth structure.

Once dental bonding treatment is completed, the results are quite stunning, improving the overall aesthetics of your teeth. Below are some of the ways that dental bonding can improve the aesthetics of your smile.

Dental Bonding for Chips

Minor chips on the teeth are no problem for dental bonding. Your dentist will carefully apply a thick layer of bonding material in order to rebuild and restore that minor bit of tooth damage.

Dental Bonding for Cracks

Small cracks can have a surprising effect on the overall appearance of a tooth. Dental bonding can easily address these issues, however. Simply by applying a bit of bonding material, the crack will seem to have disappeared, allowing you to smile with confidence again.

Dental Bonding for Stains

Major stains or stains that originate from within a tooth can sometimes prove too much of a challenge for professional teeth whitening treatment. In these cases, the best option for care is to undergo dental bonding. This allows a dentist to paint over the imperfection.

Dental Bonding for Gaps and Misalignment

Sometimes issues with gaps, short teeth, and misalignment of the teeth can be addressed through dental bonding rather than orthodontic care. In such cases, the bonding material helps build out tooth structure and improve overall aesthetics.

Is dental bonding right for me?

Dental bonding is ideal for people who suffer from minor aesthetic flaws, and ones that are cosmetic in nature. More serious chips and cracks may be better addressed through the use of porcelain veneers or restorative dental care treatments, such as inlays, onlays, and dental crowns. Similarly, orthodontic care may be recommended rather than dental bonding to address gaps and misalignment.

Candidacy for dental bonding and other dental care options can be discussed in greater detail during your visit to the practice. We will work closely with you to ensure that you get the treatment that best enhances the appearance of your smile as well as your overall dental wellness.

Schedule a Consultation for Cosmetic Dentistry

If you would like more information about dental bonding as well as your many other options out there for advanced dental care, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The entire team at The Smile Center looks forward to your visit and discussing your treatment options with you in greater detail.

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  • American Academy of Facial Esthetics
  • The American Orthodontic Society
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

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