Have your teeth seen better days due to wear and tear but you don’t want complicated, time-consuming and expensive dental procedures? Cosmetic dental bonding may be the quick, simple and relatively inexpensive solution you have been looking for. Dr. David J. Weinstock, your Philadelphia, PA dentist, explains how this increasingly popular cosmetic dentistry treatment can help you help refresh your smile..
What is cosmetic dental bonding?
Cosmetic bonding is a procedure that repairs damage and defects in your teeth. Dr. Weinstock uses composite resin, a soft, plastic-based material, to fill in the damaged areas on your tooth enamel. Composite resin can be thought of as the spackle used in home drywall repairs but for your teeth. It can be shaped to fill in any chip or indentation or even change the shape of teeth, making it ideal for treating an assortment of cosmetic dental issues. Once the resin hardens or bonds to the enamel — hence the name of the procedure — it will not only be as strong as your natural tooth but it will look just like it as well. Dr. Weinstock will choose a composite resin that is colored to match your tooth enamel so that the bonded area is never obvious.
What are the signs dental bonding may be necessary?
Chips in teeth, even small ones, can be noticeable when you smile or talk. But bonding can be used to fill in these chips. It can also be used to cover exposed roots of teeth due to receding gums. Due to heightened sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages that can occur without that protective layer of gum tissue, eating can become painful. Covering the roots with composite resin can decrease this sensitivity while protecting the roots from infection.
Maybe you have one tooth that doesn’t look like the others? Sometimes a tooth can be discolored, twisted, crooked, short or oddly shaped teeth but still healthy and strong otherwise. Bonding material can be used to change the appearance and color of the tooth, giving your smile a more uniform look..
Cosmetic bonding is also a good choice for filling in small gaps between your teeth. Gaps in your teeth can catch food and cause you to feel self-conscious about the way your smile looks. Bonding is a simple and relatively affordable way to close those spaces, helping you feel less self-conscious.
While composite bonding doesn’t have the longevity of veneers, you should be able to wear them for up to 10 years if you care for them properly. This means avoiding hard candy, ice cubes and other hard or sticky food that can crack your composite material.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding in Philadelphia, PA
Cosmetic dental bonding can give you the healthy smile you’ve always wanted! Call Dr. Weinstock, your dentist in Philadelphia, PA at (215) 857-8054 or schedule online for your consultation. Why not take advantage of this versatile cosmetic dentistry treatment?