Embarrassed by your crooked, stained, oddly shaped, chipped, or otherwise imperfect teeth?
You don’t have to hide your smile any longer!
There are plenty of cosmetic treatment options available to get you the picture-perfect smile of your dreams.
Trying to figure out what options are best for you can be difficult.
That’s why we’re here to answer your top five FAQs about cosmetic dental bonding, one of our most popular treatment options for people looking to perfect their smiles.
Let’s dive in.
Our top five FAQs about cosmetic bonding
1 – What is cosmetic bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure in which a tooth-colored composite resin material is applied to your teeth to improve flaws in your smile.
The resin material is skillfully applied directly onto each tooth and is then hardened using a high-intensity dental light.
This process is repeated as other layers are added.
The final layer is artistically sculpted and polished, creating a perfect, natural-looking finish.
2 – What smile issues does cosmetic bonding fix?
Dental bonding is a versatile procedure used to resolve many different cosmetic issues.
- Repair teeth that are chipped, cracked, or worn looking.
- Replace amalgam or metal fillings.
- Remove stains, discoloration, and yellowing, including stubborn coloring issues resistant to teeth whitening treatment.
- Fill small dental cavities.
- Reshape oddly proportioned teeth.
- Close spaces or gaps between teeth.
In some cases, dental bonding is may be used to treat multiple issues at once.
3 – What are the benefits?
Besides the obvious benefit of enhancing the look and feel of your smile, bonding is also popular because it:
- Provides incredible results with a lower price-tag than other cosmetic procedures, such as porcelain veneers.
- Is non-invasive and virtually pain-free
- Delivers fast results – the entire process is completed in a single visit!
4 – What are the disadvantages?
Bonding is not a cure-all for every tooth problem and has some limitations in comparison to other dental options.
Both bonding and porcelain veneers can provide great cosmetic results, but if you’re looking for an extensive smile makeover, porcelain veneers may be a better choice.
The resin material used in bonding isn’t as strong or durable as those used in more expensive restorations, such as porcelain or ceramic.
Still, for many people’s needs, bonding is a great choice.
Dental bonding lasts 4 to 8 years on average, depending on:
- Tooth location
- How well you care for your teeth
- Your natural bite
- Your eating habits
In some cases, your dental bond may last up to a decade before needing a touchup.
If you have any concerns about these potential disadvantages, talk to your cosmetic dentist to learn more about what options are best for you.
5 – Is dental bonding only for adults?
Cosmetic dentists use bonding to revamp smiles for the entire family, including adults, children, teens, and young adults.
The smile of your dreams is within reach
If you’re looking to enhance your smile and fix unsightly flaws, our dental office in the Gurnee, IL can help!
Our respected and experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Bradley Rule, is highly skilled in many cosmetic techniques, including dental bonding and porcelain veneers.
When you come in for your cosmetic consultation, Dr. Rule will examine your teeth, listen to your smile goals, and discuss the best options to get you there.
Have an upcoming special event and pressed for time?
It’s not too late to give your smile a boost!
Our office works quickly to get you incredible results when you need them.
What are you waiting for?
Take the next steps towards a show-stopping smile.
Schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Rule today.
Editor’s note: This post was originally published in January 2013 and has been completely revamped for comprehensiveness and timeliness.