As we age our teeth begin to look a little worse for wear from constant use. If you have unsightly discoloration or chipped teeth but you don’t want to undergo complex and expensive dental procedures, cosmetic dental bonding may the relatively inexpensive and painless solution for you. Dr. John C. Cranham, your skilled and professional Chesapeake, VA dentist, explains how this increasingly popular tooth restoration method can refresh and enhance your smile!
What is cosmetic dental bonding?
Cosmetic dental bonding repairs damage and defects in your teeth by adding to your teeth rather than removing anything. Dr. Cranham uses composite resin, a soft, plastic-based material, to fill in the damaged areas of your smile. Composite resin could be compared to the spackle often used in home repairs but for your teeth. Dr. Cranham can shape this resin to fill in any chip or indentation, making it an ideal solution for resolving an assortment of cosmetic dental issues.
Once the resin hardens or bonds (hence the name) with the tooth enamel it will be as strong as your natural tooth enamel and no one will be able to tell it’s even there. Dr. Cranham will select a composite resin that is tinted to match your tooth enamel so that the bonded area blends with the rest of your smile.
What are the signs that dental bonding may be necessary?
When you smile or talk, even small chips in teeth can be obvious but cosmetic bonding can repair these issues. Dental bonding can even be used to protect the exposed roots of those suffering from receding gums from periodontitis. Covering the roots with composite resin helps reduce sensitivity to hot and cold that can occur when they are exposed.
Maybe you have an oddly shaped tooth that doesn’t match the others? Sometimes a tooth can be discolored, twisted, crooked, short or oddly shaped teeth but perfectly healthy and functional otherwise. Composite resin 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 method for covering small gaps between your teeth. Larger than normal gaps between your teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile and even trap food, making you more susceptible to tooth decay. Cosmetic dental bonding is a simple and relatively inexpensive way to resolve this issue.
Although composite bonding doesn’t have the lifespan of veneers, if properly maintained and cautiously used it can last for up to 10 years. Brushing your teeth twice daily and avoiding hard candy, ice cubes and other hard or sticky food that can crack your composite material are recommended to prolong the life of your dental bonding treatment.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding in Chesapeake, VA
Cosmetic dental bonding can help you have the healthy smile you want! Call Dr. Cranham, your dentist in Chesapeake, VA at 757.656.4109 or schedule online for your consultation to take advantage of this versatile cosmetic dentistry treatment today!