Are your teeth showing some wear and tear but you don’t want complicated and expensive dental procedures? Cosmetic bonding may be a simple solution to your dilemma. Dr. Bruce Spink, your Birmingham, AL dentist, explains how this relatively inexpensive and increasingly popular cosmetic dentistry treatment can help you have the smile you want.
What is cosmetic dental bonding?
Cosmetic bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that covers up damage and defects in your tooth enamel. Dr. Spink uses composite resin, a soft, plastic-based material, to fill in the damaged areas of your smile. Composite resin is just like the spackle used to repair walls in your home but for your teeth. It can be molded to fill in any chip or indentation, making it ideal for treating an assortment of cosmetic dental issues. Once the resin hardens or bonds to your enamel– hence the name of the procedure — it will not only be as strong as your natural tooth but will look just like it as well. Dr. Spink will choose a composite resin that is colored to match your tooth enamel so that the bonded area is never obvious to others.
What are the signs dental bonding may be necessary?
Chips in teeth, even small ones, may be noticeable when you smile, laugh or eat. But bonding can be used to fill in these chips. Bonding can also be used to cover the exposed roots of teeth due to receding gums. This can protect your teeth from heightened sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages that can occur without that protective layer of gum tissue.
Maybe you have one tooth that looks different from the others? Sometimes a tooth can be discolored, twisted, crooked, short or oddly shaped teeth but still quite healthy otherwise. Bonding material can be used to alter the appearance and color of the tooth, giving your smile a more uniform look.
Cosmetic bonding is also a good option for filling in small gaps between your teeth. Gaps in your teeth can trap food and cause you to feel self-conscious about the way your smile looks. Bonding is a simple and relatively affordable way to close those spaces and make eating easier.
While composite bonding doesn’t have the lifespan of veneers, you should still be able to wear them for up to 10 years if you care for them properly. This means avoiding hard candy, ice cubes and other hard or sticky food that can crack your composite material.
Cosmetic dental bonding in Birmingham, AL
Cosmetic dental bonding can give you the healthy smile you’ve always wanted! Call Dr. Spink, your dentist in Birmingham, AL at (205) 235-5043 or schedule online for your consultation. Why not take advantage of this versatile cosmetic dentistry treatment?