Do your teeth look a little worse for wear but you don’t want to undergo complicated and expensive dental procedures? Cosmetic dental bonding may offer you the easy solution you have been looking for. Dr. Frederick Marra of Capital Region Complete Dental Care & Implants, your Cohoes, NY dentist, explains how this relatively inexpensive and increasingly popular cosmetic dentistry procedure can help freshen up your smile.
What is cosmetic dental bonding?
Cosmetic bonding is a treatment that repairs the obvious damage and defects in your teeth, restoring their appearance. Dr. Marra uses composite resin, a soft, plastic-based material, to fill in the chips, nicks and other problem areas of your smile. Composite resin could be compared to the spackle used in home repairs but for your teeth. It can be to fill in manipulated into any shape, making it ideal for treating a variety of issues.
Once the resin hardens or bonds to your teeth it will be as strong as your natural tooth enamel while also looking exactly like it. Dr. Marra will choose a shade of composite resin that matches the color of your tooth enamel so that the bonded area will not be obvious.
What are the signs dental bonding may be necessary?
Chips, nicks and indentations in tooth enamel can be noticeable when you smile but cosmetic bonding can be used to repair this damage. Bonding can also be used to protect exposed roots of teeth due to receding gums from gum disease. This can protect you from heightened sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages that can occur without that protective layer of tissue. Composite resin can protect your teeth’s roots from infection and sensitivity.
Sometimes a tooth can be discolored, twisted, crooked, short or oddly shaped teeth but still in perfectly healthy otherwise. Bonding can change the appearance and color of the tooth, giving your smile a more uniform look.
Cosmetic bonding is also a viable option for filling in small gaps between your teeth which can trap food and cause you to feel self-conscious about smiling. Bonding is a easy and relatively inexpensive way to close those spaces and help you feel more confident in your smile.
While composite bonding does not last as long as veneers, you should be able to wear them for up to 10 years if you use them with care. Avoiding hard candy, ice cubes and other hard or sticky food that can crack your composite material is advised to help you get the longest life possible out of your cosmetic bonding.
Cosmetic dental bonding in Cohoes, NY
Cosmetic dental bonding can help you smile freely and with confidence again! Call Capital Region Complete Dental Care & Implants, your dentist in Cohoes, NY at (518) 650-1930 or schedule online for your consultation.