4 Cosmetic Bonding Benefits

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If you’ve never heard of cosmetic bonding before, consider yourself introduced! This relatively simple procedure involves our Ann Arbor cosmetic dentists applying composite resin (tooth-colored) to teeth that are cracked, gapped, or chipped. Before you know it, the affected teeth seamlessly blend in with the rest.

Here’s what you need to know about dental bonding and how it can benefit you.

Cosmetic Bonding Can: 

1. Correct a Variety of Minor Tooth Issues

Maybe you had a sports related injury years back or you recently bit down on a piece of candy a little too hard. Perhaps you’ve even had that space between your teeth since you were a kid.

How ever your tooth imperfections came to be, our cosmetic dentists are here to help. Dental bonding can correct issues like gaps, cracks, chips, discoloration, or teeth that are irregularly shaped.

The goal of cosmetic bonding is to have the end result look natural. This is thanks to a shade guide used by our dentists and the application of tooth-colored resin. No one will know by looking at you that you ever had cracked or spaced teeth.

Remember that bonding is best suited for minor repairs. If the cosmetic restorations required are significant, our dentists may suggest alternative treatment.

2. Keep More of Your Natural Enamel

Veneers and dental crowns both involve a more intensive cosmetic process. This often equates to the removal of more of your natural tooth enamel. If this were a contest, bonding would win as it requires the least amount taken off.

Tooth enamel is what you see covering the outside of your teeth. Made up of a high percentage of minerals that enable its strength, enamel protects the more sensitive layers of teeth underneath.

When our dentists remove enamel for procedures, your teeth are permanently altered. Any changes are generally irreversible. Bonding instead maintains more of your natural tooth structure while still fixing unwanted issues.

3. Be Completed in Less Time

A major advantage of bonding is how little time it takes to complete the procedure. Depending on how many teeth are being bonded, it will take our cosmetic dentists anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

Compared to other similar options, cosmetic bonding is also much less expensive. If you’re looking to close a small gap or fix a chipped tooth and feel veneers are a bit excessive for your needs, bonding may be right for you.

4. Not Be More Simple Procedure-Wise

Dental bonding is less invasive and does not need much advanced preparation. Because of this, it is a relatively painless procedure.

Our dentists will start the procedure by roughening up the surface of the tooth and applying a special conditioning liquid. This will help the bonding material adhere to the tooth.

We’ll apply the resin, mold it, and smooth it to the desired shape before it’s hardened with a bright light. Afterward, our dentists will trim and shape the cured resin a bit more and finish by polishing it to match your natural tooth’s sheen.

Bonding is also used to fill cavities, however, and there is a chance that numbing may be needed for this.

Ask Us About Getting Started

Ready to move forward with cosmetic bonding? If the answer is yes, our cosmetic dentists in Ann Arbor, MI, can repair the look of certain teeth much faster than with veneers. Call Liberty Dental today at (734) 994-0909 to request an appointment. We hope to see you soon!