The Advantages of Cosmetic Bonding

Mullins SC Dentist Office

woman in dentist's chair cosmetic bonding

You’re likely already aware that there are many procedures to choose from if you are unhappy with your teeth’s appearance. But what do you do when you only need a small restoration? An easy and cost-effective solution that our Mullins, SC, cosmetic dentist may recommendis cosmetic bonding.

Often completed in one visit to our Mullins, SC, dental office, bonding is the application of composite resin to the surface of a tooth in order to repair it. The resin is then cured after reshaping to give you a seamless and natural smile.

Keep reading to learn about 4 particular advantages of cosmetic bonding.

1. Fix Chipped, Cracked, or Gapped Teeth

Maybe you had a sports related injury years back or you recently bit down on a piece of candy a little too hard. Perhaps you’ve even had that space between your teeth since you were a kid.

How ever your tooth imperfections came to be, we are here to help. Dental bonding can correct issues like gaps, cracks, chips, discoloration, or teeth that are irregularly shaped.

The goal of cosmetic bonding is to have the end result look natural. This is thanks to a shade guide used by our team and the application of tooth-colored resin. No one will know by looking at you that you ever had cracked or spaced out teeth.

Remember that bonding is best suited for minor repairs. If the cosmetic restorations required are significant, we may suggest alternative treatment like orthodontics.

2. Minimal Enamel Removed 

Veneers and dental crowns both involve a more intensive cosmetic process. This often equates to more of your natural tooth enamel being removed. If this were a contest, bonding would win since it requires the least amount to be taken off.

Tooth enamel is what you see covering the outside of your teeth. Made up of a high percentage of minerals that enable its strength, enamel protects the more sensitive layers of teeth underneath.

When enamel is removed for procedures, your teeth are permanently altered and any changes are generally irreversible. Bonding instead maintains more of your natural tooth structure while still fixing unwanted issues.

3. Quick, Affordable Solution

A major advantage of bonding is how little time it takes to complete the procedure. Depending on how many teeth you are having worked on, it will take Dr. Blevins anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to make the necessary restoration.

Compared to other similar options, cosmetic bonding is also much less expensive. If you’re looking to close a small gap or fix a chipped tooth and feel veneers are a bit excessive for your needs, bonding may be right for you.

4. No Anesthesia Required

Dental bonding is less invasive and does not need much advanced preparation. Because of this, it is a relatively painless procedure.

We’ll start the procedure by roughening up the surface of the tooth and applying a special conditioning liquid. This will help the bonding material adhere to the tooth.

The resin will then be put on, molded, and smoothed to the desired shape before being hardened with a bright light. Afterward, we’ll trim and shape the cured resin a bit more and finish by polishing it to match your natural tooth’s sheen.

Bonding can be used to fill cavities, however, and there is a chance that numbing may be needed for this.

Enhance Your Smile Today

Dental bonding is an efficient way to correct minor teeth imperfections. If you are interested in bonding for yourself, our cosmetic dentist in Mullins, SC, can sit down with you to discuss every aspect so you’re well prepared. Request an appointment with us online or call Blevins Dentistry today at (843) 561-4039.

This blog post has been updated. 

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