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4 Common Questions About Dental Bonding To Fix Cosmetic Problems

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Are you not satisfied with the look of your smile and want to visit a cosmetic dentist to figure out how it can be fixed? One technique that is cheap and effective to fix your teeth is dental bonding. Here are some questions you may have about this cosmetic dental procedure.

What Exactly Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a process that involves putting resin material on your teeth. The resin can be shaped however it needs to be to correct the look of your teeth, and the color will match the surrounding teeth. It helps the bonding material blend in seamlessly so that others cannot tell that you corrected a cosmetic problem, since you are hiding it rather than fixing it.

What Problems Can Dental Bonding Fix? 

Dental bonding can be used in several situations where you have cosmetic problems with your teeth. This includes discoloration due to stains that will not go away on their own, and correcting chips and cracks in the surface of your teeth. You can also fill in gaps between your teeth as an alternative to using braces or reshape a tooth that has an irregular shape and makes you feel self-conscious. 

How Does The Dental Bonding Procedure Work?

The process of dental bonding starts by visiting your dentist for a consultation. Your dentist will determine if you are a good candidate for dental bonding, and come up with a treatment plan for what they want to do to fix your smile. You'll likely return to the dentist for a follow-up appointment, or the procedure may be done the same day. 

The dentist will prepare the resin so that it matches the existing color of your teeth and then prepare the surface by etching it lightly. This creates a rough surface for the bonding material to stick to, which will help create a very strong bond when compared to a tooth that was not prepared with etching. 

The bonding material is then applied to the teeth in multiple layers, and the dentist will mold the resin to your teeth as you discussed. The resin material is then hardened, and you'll be on your way with a perfect smile. 

Why Use Dental Bonding Over Other Procedures? 

While you can use veneers, braces, crowns, and implants to correct a smile, bonding has many benefits over those alternative procedures. Dental bonding is affordable, quick, convenient, and a conservative approach to correcting your teeth. It can also provide a natural appearance without altering much of the tooth's surface. 

For more information on cosmetic dental services, contact a professional near you.