Dental bonding is a quick, inexpensive way to reshape your teeth and improve the appearance of your smile. It can be used to correct teeth that are damaged or poorly shaped to give you the smile you desire. In just one appointment you can have a much more attractive smile that can last for years.
Dr. Debra Cederbaum is a cosmetic dentist with nearly three decades of experience performing dental bonding and other procedures to achieve attractive, natural-looking results. She can discuss your options and help you figure out which procedure is best for you. To schedule an appointment at her Seattle dental office, please call 206-524-1314 or email us today.
What Can Dental Bonding Do?
Dental bonding is a versatile procedure that can be used to correct many common complaints people have about the appearance of their smile. It is commonly used to help people who are unhappy with:
- Chipped teeth
- Small teeth
- Poorly shaped teeth
- Gaps in their smile
It can be used to correct just one tooth or several teeth during the same procedure.
How Does Dental Bonding Work?
Dental bonding is the same composite material used in tooth-colored fillings. This plastic material with composite strengtheners inside can be applied not just as a filling, but in order to build up or reshape your teeth.
First, the area of your tooth is prepared to receive the bonding. A little roughening is usually all that’s necessary to improve the connection between the bonding and your tooth. Then the bonding is mixed with colorants to match the shade of your teeth. The bonding, which has a putty-like texture, is then applied to your tooth and shaped by hand to give the appearance you desire.
Once placed, the bonding is exposed to a light that causes it to harden. Finally, it is polished to give it a pleasant shine.
Because the color match and shaping are done by hand, it’s important to choose a cosmetic dentist with experience and who is capable of giving attractive results.
Advantages of Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is one of the most popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry because it offers many advantages.
Dental bonding can be completed in one visit. This makes it quick and convenient.
Dental bonding is less expensive than other restoration options, which for many of us is necessary because it’s hard to fit cosmetic dentistry in the budget.
Disadvantages of Dental Bonding
However, dental bonding does have some significant disadvantages.
First, it may not look as natural as other options, such as porcelain veneers.
The color match of dental bonding is not always as good as that of veneers. And dental bonding can stain–usually at a different rate than your natural tooth enamel—and doesn’t respond to teeth whitening.
Perhaps most importantly dental bonding may not last as long as porcelain veneers.
Deciding which is the best cosmetic dentistry procedure for you can be difficult. A conversation with Dr. Cederbaum in Seattle can help clear up your choices. Please contact us today for an appointment.