If you’re unhappy with your smile, you aren’t alone! Millions of Americans feel similarly and seek out various cosmetic dentistry options to do something about it. That said, one popular treatment that patients turn to these days is cosmetic bonding, as the method has multiple applications and can provide very impressive results! Keep reading to learn more about cosmetic bonding and some of the issues that it’s able to easily address.
What Is Cosmetic Bonding?
Cosmetic bonding, sometimes called direct bonding, is a process in which your dentist applies a special composite resin to your teeth to hide or mask any visible imperfections. The resin is the same color as your natural teeth and is fully biocompatible, and it’s quickly and painlessly applied to your teeth before hardened under a curing light. Simply put, the process offers patients a fast, effective, affordable, and minimally invasive option for enhancing their smiles.
4 Issues That Cosmetic Bonding Can Address
Cosmetic bonding is mostly used to address mild to moderate aesthetic issues, including:
- Staining and discoloration – Although teeth whitening is typically the go-to option for patients desiring a whiter and brighter smile, it doesn’t always work well for everyone. However, direct bonding can hide and disguise stubborn stains and give your teeth a whiter appearance.
- Gaps between teeth – Typically, orthodontics are the traditional option for addressing gaps between teeth. However, sometimes patients don’t have the time, patience, or financial means to get braces. Alternatively, cosmetic bonding can be used to build up teeth on either side, effectively narrowing those gaps in a much quicker fashion.
- Chipped and fractured teeth – This is one of the most common issues that cosmetic bonding is used to address. Your teeth can become chipped or fractured due to many different things, but cosmetic bonding can easily fill minor chips and cracks, replacing the missing portion of enamel and restoring your smile to its former glory.
- Tooth decay – Cavities used to be treated with silver amalgam, which is a mixture of metals that doesn’t always look or feel very natural. However, the composite resin used in the direct bonding process can effectively fill in parts of your tooth that have been lost to decay.
Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you—so knowing that your pearly whites look their absolute best can work wonders for your self-confidence. That said, talk with your dentist if you believe cosmetic bonding can correct your smile’s issues.
About the Author
Dr. Susan Kutis received her dental doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry and completed her General Practice Residency at the University of Colorado. She is a member of several professional organizations including The Dawson Academy, and she is also a member of the Faculty Club of the Spear Study Club. Her practice is pleased to offer many available services including cosmetic bonding. If you have any questions for Dr. Kutis or would like to schedule a visit, feel free to reach out online or by phone: (303) 973-1112.