There are so many smile-enhancing options within the realm of cosmetic dentistry today. Porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings and even Invisalign can enhance your smile more than you may have thought possible.
But what if you only need to change one specific tooth in order to improve your smile? If you only need a very minor alteration, you shouldn’t have to endure the time and expense necessary to makeover your entire smile. With cosmetic bonding, you don’t have to.
Cosmetic bonding, also called dental bonding, uses a tooth-colored material—composite resin—to repair one or just a few teeth. This material will seamlessly conceal stains, chips, cracks, or gaps that are causing those annoying little flaws that detract from an otherwise attractive smile.
Dental bonding in Mechanicsville can also be used to reshape broken or irregular teeth, such as those that are proportionally smaller than adjacent teeth.
With this fast and easy treatment, Mechanicsville cosmetic dentist, Dr. Gina McCray or Dr. Kara McCray Demer, can repair even the most minor imperfection, so your smile looks absolutely perfect to others and in your eyes, too. While cosmetic bonding may be fast and easy, don’t underestimate the large impact it can have your smile and your outlook.
Dental Bonding and Your Tooth
Did you know that you might already have some cosmetic bonding material in your mouth and not even realize it? The material that your Mechanicsville cosmetic dentist uses to cover or reshape a tooth with dental bonding is the same material used to repair a cavity with a tooth-colored filling.
Because a cavity typically develops in one of your molars, which must all withstand the daily pressures of chewing and biting, you can rest assured that composite resin is strong enough for any tooth requiring dental bonding for cosmetic purposes only.
In addition, cosmetic bonding is often a much more conservative choice than other cosmetic options that require altering teeth first. Porcelain veneers, for example, necessitate removing a thin layer of enamel and a dental crown requires reducing the size of a tooth so the crown fits well. Alternatively, dental bonding usually does not require any tooth preparation, so you also don’t have to worry about local anesthesia.
The Cosmetic Bonding Process
This durable plastic material is applied and sculpted, then hardened with a special light. These steps can be repeated several times until Dr. McCray or Dr. Demer sees that your tooth is correctly shaped. Once the shaping is complete, the tooth is polished until the bonding perfectly matches the rest of your natural teeth.
We can use dental bonding to:
- Fill in cavities
- Repair damaged teeth
- Cover discolorations
- Close up spaces
- Change the shape of teeth
- Replace amalgam (silver) fillings
- Protect exposed tooth roots
Dental bonding is an excellent option for small cosmetic changes and for correction of minor defects.
St. Mary’s Dental serves the general, cosmetic, restorative, and sedation dentistry needs for the communities of Mechanicsville, LaPlata, Hollywood, Charlotte Hall, Waldorf, Leonardtown, and Lexington Park. To receive excellence in family, cosmetic, and implant dentistry, please make your appointment now!