Gaps can occur between any of your teeth, and when they show up in the front, they can really affect the overall appearance of your smile. The American Dental Association reports that as much as a quarter of adults have a gap (or diastema) between the two front teeth. If that’s your issue, the cosmetic dentist Ken Caryl trusts, Dr. Kutis, has a wonderful solution with cosmetic bonding.
What Is Cosmetic Bonding?
Cosmetic bonding is a common procedure in which your dentist uses a biocompatible composite resin to improve the size, shape, color, and overall appearance of your front teeth. The material is applied directly onto the tooth and artfully sculpted in just one appointment.
While one of the common uses for cosmetic bonding is to close a gap between the two front teeth, dental bonding can be used to repair a number of cosmetic issues, including chipped teeth, pointy teeth, stubby teeth, and many other irregularities.
Process for Cosmetic Bonding
First, Dr. Kutis will choose a shade of composite resin that matches your surrounding tooth enamel. Then, the surface of the tooth is prepared — an etching solution is applied to the enamel to ensure the resin bonds securely. After the enamel has been “roughened,” the resin is placed on top and Dr. Kutis uses a blend of artistic skill with dental expertise to close the gap between the teeth.
After your dentist is satisfied with the new appearance of your tooth, the resin is hardened under a special UV light. A final polish ensures the resin feels as smooth as your natural teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Bonding?
There are a number of advantages available to patients who choose dental bonding. First of all, it is one of the most affordable options available in cosmetic dentistry. Many patients choose it as an alternative to porcelain veneers, which cost considerably more.
Dental bonding is also completed in a single visit to our office, meaning you can enjoy your new and improved smile almost immediately. Orthodontic treatment for closing a gap in the front teeth would take considerably longer — as much as a year of treatment with braces or an orthodontic appliance.
Tooth bonding also leaves your healthy natural tooth structure intact, unlike a crown or porcelain veneers. Composite resin is simply applied directly to the surface of a whole tooth, no preparation or enamel removal necessary.
Candidates for Teeth Bonding
Many patients with a gap in the front teeth are eligible for teeth bonding. If the gap is part of a significant misalignment in the teeth, however, traditional orthodontic treatment may be necessary. You and Dr. Kutis will discuss your options and determine which is best for you and your smile.
People who smoke should also be aware of the fact that composite resin is porous and easily absorbs stains from tobacco. To prevent discoloring your new tooth, consider kicking the habit or choosing porcelain veneers, which are not porous and unlikely to stain, instead.
Let’s Get Started on Your Best Smile
Bothered by that gap between your two front teeth? Or maybe there’s another cosmetic flaw that’s got you down — whatever your issue, Dr. Kutis and our team can help with quality cosmetic dentistry. Request an appointment at Blue Sage Dental today!