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Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a composite resin that dentists can use for many cosmetic and restorative purposes. Due to its flexible nature, dentists can shape the resin to fill gaps in your smile or fix chipped teeth. Additionally, dental bonding is a common tool for cavity restoration. With a cavity, your dentist must remove all the decayed portions of your tooth, weakening it. Once a dentist hardens the resin, it restores the structure of the tooth. 

Unlike other cosmetic procedures, dentists can reverse the dental bonding process. If you do not like your results, you are not stuck with them. If you get dental veneers, you must always have some form of veneer or crown on your teeth. This is because your dentist has to remove part of your enamel for the veneer or crown to sit properly. Dental bonding is a quick, efficient way to fix many minor cosmetic issues. 

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Chipped Teeth

Chipping or fracturing a tooth can cause you distress. When part of your smile chips away, you may not want to smile as often. This is upsetting for everyone. However, there is a simple fix—dental bonding. Your dentist can use dental bonding to restore your tooth to its natural shape. They can do this by using your other teeth as a model for the restoration.

Not only does dental bonding help cosmetically, but it can also protect your teeth from decay. If there is damage to your enamel, it can lead to decay. Your enamel protects the delicate inner layers of your teeth from outside damage.

For example, the harmful bacteria in your mouth can slip through the cracks or breaks in your enamel, causing tooth decay. Additionally, chipped teeth will erode much more quickly. Because there is already part of your tooth missing, that area is going to physically wear away first. 

Teeth Whitening

Another use of dental bonding is to cover severely discolored teeth. Many patients can use traditional whitening treatments to brighten their smiles. However, there are some issues that chemical whitening treatments cannot change. For example, teeth that are discolored due to trauma need camouflage rather than chemical treatment. This is because a physical impact will damage the tooth internally.

Unfortunately, most chemical whitening treatments cannot lift this discoloration. Medication, medical treatments, or medical conditions can also cause severe discoloration. 

Your dentist will use a dental bonding to brighten your teeth to whatever shade you desire. It is a fast and effective way to whiten your teeth. 

Fill in Gaps

Having gaps in your teeth can increase your chances of developing tooth decay or gum disease. This is because the gaps can make it more difficult to clean your teeth properly. Therefore, it is best to fill the gaps in your smile. For some patients, it is unnecessary to undergo extensive orthodontic procedures, especially if you just want your front teeth filled. Instead, your dentist can fill the gap in your smile using dental bonding. In one session, you can have a bright and beautiful smile.