Do you ever feel self-conscious about your smile? If so, you owe it to yourself to ask our cosmetic dentist about teeth bonding. Dr. Baker and her team will be able to discuss the pros and cons of dental bonding during your appointment. That way, you can make the best decision for your oral health.
Unlike other cosmetic procedures, teeth bonding is minimally invasive and only takes one visit to our office. Continue reading to learn if the dental bonding procedure is the right smile makeover for you.
You may be a candidate for cosmetic bonding if you wish to repair minor damage to your front teeth. We refer to these teeth as being in the “smile zone” because they’re highly visible.
Be sure to let our dentist know if you want your teeth professionally whitened. The composite resin we use to bond teeth cannot be whitened. For this reason, you’ll need to whiten your teeth before bonding them.
Are you worried about being put under dental anesthesia? Since teeth bonding is a noninvasive dental procedure, many of our patients don't need pain relievers. But each patient is different.
If you feel slight discomfort during the procedure, let our dentist know so she can locally anesthetize the area. During the procedure, our dentist will apply a tooth-colored resin to the surface of your teeth to fix chips, cracks, discoloration, and other minor cosmetic issues.
Teeth bonding is minimally invasive because our dentist doesn't have to remove any natural tooth structure to restore your smile. This is different from other cosmetic procedures, such as porcelain veneers or dental crowns.
During the veneers process, our dentist has to remove enough enamel so the veneers don't make your teeth look bulky. More enamel has to be removed if you need a dental crown so the restoration can fit over your tooth. Many of our patients appreciate that dental bonding lets them keep as much natural tooth structure as possible.
Teeth bonding can be done in one appointment. Instead of waiting weeks for a tooth restoration to be made in an off-site lab, our dentist is able to apply tooth-colored resin directly to teeth. For example, many of our patients are interested in teeth bonding for gaps so they can smile with confidence.
If you have slight gaps between teeth, you may be able to correct your smile in one appointment. Likewise, dental bonding is also able to fix small chips, cracks, and discoloration.
In comparison, dental veneers and crowns require two trips to the dentist. Since a special tooth restoration needs to be created in the lab, you are forced to wait until you can enjoy your new beautiful smile. Cosmetic bonding requires no waiting period.
Looking for an affordable smile makeover? Teeth bonding can fix minor cracks or chips in your smile for less than the cost of veneers or crowns. However, keep in mind that you get what you pay for.
While porcelain veneers can last between 7 and 15 years, dental bonding typically lasts between 3 and 10 years. If you're unsure what dental treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentist.
Dr. Dawn Baker and her team are dedicated to helping you achieve your best smile through teeth bonding and other cosmetic procedures. To request an appointment with our Gahanna dentist, call Pure Dental at (614) 475-7580.
This blog post has been updated.