When you have a chipped or slightly damaged tooth, your appearance and self-confidence can suffer. It can also be uncomfortable and cause small injuries if there are sharp edges. Not to mention, it can get worse when eating harder foods.
Luckily, repairing a chip or crack can easily be done with cosmetic dental bonding, without ruining your teeth.
What Is Cosmetic Bonding?
Cosmetic bonding means applying a bonding material to your natural teeth to repair a chip or minor fracture, or to correct discoloration. The procedure is purely cosmetic and it doesn’t require any modification to your natural tooth-like veneers. Your enamel will be left intact and you won’t need an anesthetic, as it is a completely pain-free procedure.
Cosmetic bonding is done quickly and easily. It's also affordable, which makes it an ideal solution in many cases. Your dentist can determine whether you need bonding or a more complex procedure after a preliminary assessment.
Does Bonding Ruin Your Teeth?
A myth about cosmetic bonding is that it ruins your natural teeth. Fortunately, it’s a false assumption, as cosmetic bonding is non-invasive, it doesn’t affect the natural tooth at all and it is reversible and retouchable. In other words, your dentist can easily replace the bonding or remove it from your teeth without your natural enamel being affected in any way.
The disadvantages of bonding are related to the fact that the composite isn’t as durable as natural enamel. Because of this, the composite can chip or break if you eat hard foods or excessive force is applied to it. If you don’t correct and redo it soon, your natural tooth might be prone to decay. However, retouching or replacing the composite is a very easy procedure.
Benefits of Dental Bonding
As mentioned before, dental bonding is a non-invasive, conservative procedure that comes at a very affordable price. It takes one session and the dentist is able to correct the cosmetic defect with ease, matching the color with your natural teeth.
The procedure is completely painless, so you won’t need any anesthetic. Dental bonding only takes about 30 minutes per tooth and you can drive yourself home with no issues immediately after. One of the only restrictions is to avoid staining liquids or foods for two days after getting the bonding, but afterward, you are free to consume them. Patients should be careful, however, to not damage the bonding when eating hard foods.
Book an Appointment Today
If you want to get a cosmetic dental procedure and you want to know if you’re a good candidate for dental bonding, book an appointment at Consultants in Dental Aesthetics, where Dr. Landry, Dr. Dela Cruz, and their team treat patients in a friendly, professional environment.
Contact us for more information or for booking an appointment at our cabinet in Spring, TX.