As one of the first things people notice about you, your smile plays a huge role when you meet someone new. If one or more of your teeth are chipped, stained, gapped, or otherwise flawed, you might not be happy with the impression your smile is giving off. With so many cosmetic dentistry treatments available these days, it can be hard to know which one is the right way to enhance your pearly whites. However, one of the quickest and easiest methods is called dental bonding. Keep reading to learn more about what dental bonding is and whether it’s the best solution for your grin!
What Exactly Is Dental Bonding?
Also known as direct bonding or cosmetic bonding, dental bonding is a conservative treatment for multiple types of aesthetic flaws in the teeth. It involves your dentist applying a putty-like material called composite resin (the same substance used in tooth-coloured fillings) over the imperfection in the tooth. After the flaw is sufficiently covered, all your dentist has to do is harden the material by shining a special ultraviolet light onto it and then give it one last polish.
The dental bonding process is quick, usually only taking a single appointment that lasts about one hour. Once it’s over, you can expect instant and lifelike results that can last for several years with the right care!
Reasons to Consider Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is perhaps the most convenient and versatile cosmetic dentistry service currently available. It comes with several benefits to look forward to, including:
- An effective solution for minor tooth chips, cracks, discoloration, and small gaps between the teeth.
- Inexpensive compared to many other cosmetic dental options.
- A relatively quick treatment process.
- A comfortable procedure that typically doesn’t require a local anesthetic.
- Natural-looking results that can last for five to ten years with proper oral hygiene.
- Can be applied without altering the natural tooth structure, unlike veneers or dental crowns.
Is Dental Bonding Right for Me?
While bonding is versatile enough to address a wide range of aesthetic dental flaws, only your cosmetic dentist will be able to tell you definitively whether you’re a suitable candidate for this treatment. With that said, the main requirement is that you’re in generally good oral health. Any existing tooth decay or gum infections will need to be treated before you can begin improving your smile’s appearance.
Bonding is also primarily recommended for minor cosmetic issues. Teeth that are severely damaged, for example, will probably need more extensive treatment, such as crowns.
If you’re interested in correcting some type of flaw in your teeth, don’t be afraid to reach out to your dentist and ask about dental bonding. It’s a safe and effective solution that could work wonders for your grin!
About the Practice
At North York Dental, our team focuses on making dental care comfortable for every single patient. We welcome patients of all ages in North York, ON, and the surrounding areas. Our four dentists are passionate about educating our patients on what their smile needs are and customising treatments from there. We proudly offer a number of cosmetic dentistry services, including dental bonding. To learn more about bonding and whether it could help your smile, contact our dental office today by calling (416) 494-7878.