March 15, 2019
Is your chipped tooth causing you to have a damaged or discolored smile that you’re self-conscious about? Maybe you feel you can’t escape years of wear-and-tear on your smile. Between the years of collected stains and that one time you chipped your tooth when you were younger, you’re interested in investing in your grin and turning back the clock. Your cosmetic dentist in Fremont knows that your smile is worthwhile. Read on to get the facts about cosmetic bonding and how it can boost your self-confidence!
What is Cosmetic Bonding?
Bonding is the process of applying a natural-colored plastic resin to mend a decayed, chipped, or discolored tooth. It can be molded and polished to closely resemble your surrounding teeth. Because it’s mostly used to improve the appearance of your smile, it can also fix gaps between teeth and change the shape or color of them. Bonding can even be used to help protect an exposed portion of the tooth’s root when your gums recede.
Who Should Get Cosmetic Bonding?
If your smile is suffering from cracked or chipped teeth, decay, or unevenness, you may have only considered crowns, teeth whitening, or even porcelain veneers. But cosmetic bonding is an inexpensive alternative to all of these. Cosmetic bonding can help:
- Fill in gaps
- Reshape teeth affected by grinding or clenching
- Mend cracked or chipped teeth
- Hide stains that can’t be treated with teeth whitening
What is the Process of Cosmetic Bonding?
Cosmetic bonding is an incredibly affordable option for fixing your smile. First, your dentist will choose a composite resin color that closely resembles that of your natural teeth. They will coat your tooth with a liquid that helps the bonding material attach to it. Your dentist will then apply and mold the putty-like resin into a natural tooth shape and cure it with ultraviolet light.
After it’s bonded and roughly shaped, your dentist will go into the fine details and trims it to look as realistic as possible. Then they’ll polish it, and then you’re done! Depending on how many teeth you’re having bonded, the procedure typically takes about an hour.
Just like your regular teeth, your bonded teeth must be brushed every day and cleaned during your regular semi-annual checkups to prevent staining and plaque buildup. You will want to keep in mind that the bonding isn’t as strong as a natural tooth would be, so be careful biting into hard foods. You don’t have to wait any longer to repair your smile! With such a fast and easy procedure, you can have your best smile the same day!
About the Author
Dr. James Block is a third-generation dentist that is proud to follow in his family’s footsteps of providing compassionate care to his community of Fremont. Listening to patients is one of his top priorities so that he can provide them with the individualized treatment they deserve. From cosmetic bonding to porcelain veneers, he can transform your smile and leave you with newfound confidence. For any questions or to schedule an appointment for cosmetic bonding, visit our website or contact us at 510-246-3502.
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