Cosmetic Bonding Repairs Fremont Smiles
Cosmetic bonding is one of the cosmetic services we offer to conceal and repair smile flaws. According to research at the University of California at Berkley, smiling more often could be adding years to your life. If you’re not smiling because you’re ashamed of the appearance of your smile, you could be missing out on a healthier, happier life. Don’t let unhappiness with your teeth keep you from sharing your smile and leading your happiest life. Find out how cosmetic bonding can transform your smile and your life today.
What is Cosmetic Bonding?
Dental bonding actually refers to the process of connecting two substances on a microscopic level. More specifically, bonding is the application of etchants preparing tooth enamel to connect more securely with restoration materials. Over the years, this preparation method was referred to so often in conjunction with discussion of dental bonding restorations or cosmetic enhancements that the term is now used to refer to both the preparation and cosmetic restoration of damaged teeth. Many patients are actually familiar with cosmetic bonding. They just don’t know it. Tooth-colored, composite resin fillings are a type of cosmetic bonding restoration. There are numerous uses for cosmetic dental bonding in addition to restoring the function and appearance of teeth that have been damaged by decay, and for many patients, this minimally invasive restoration is a great treatment choice.
Who Should Consider Cosmetic Bonding?
Patients who experience tooth decay, cracks, chips, wear, uneven spacing or tooth stains, often believe that dental crowns, teeth whitening, orthodontic treatments, or other extensive cosmetic or restorative services are their only options. However, cosmetic bonding may be a better choice. This cosmetic service has many uses, but some of the most common ones include:
- Filling teeth following removal of decay
- Reshaping teeth damaged by wear associated with teeth grinding or clenching
- Restoring cracks and chips in teeth
- Concealing deep staining that is not effected by teeth whitening
- Closing gaps between teeth that are not otherwise in need of orthodontic care
The Dental Bonding Process
One of the best things about cosmetic bonding is that it can be completed in a single visit. Patients interested in cosmetic bonding should schedule a cosmetic consultation. If we determine that bonding is the right solution for oral health or smile irregularity correction, we can often complete the procedure that same day.
Before placing a composite resin filling, the area to be restored or concealed is prepared with the application of an etchant. Etchants create microscopic grooves in the surface of tooth enamel that make it possible for the composite resin bonding material to securely fuse with natural dental structure. The dentist shades composite resin specifically to match the natural smile, and shapes it into place directly onto the tooth. Finally, a curing light is applied to harden the resin.
Contact Your Cosmetic Dentist to Find out More
If you’re interested in finding out how cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers, or other cosmetic dentistry services from James Block Dentistry can transform your smile, contact our Fremont, CA team today. We’re happy to answer your questions, or schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation.