How Can Dental Bonding Help Your Smile?

Maybe your teeth have taken some damage over the years but complicated and expensive dental procedures are not your cup of tea? Cosmetic bonding may be the answer you have been looking for. Oakton Dental Center of Oakton, VA wants to explain how this relatively inexpensive and increasingly popular cosmetic dentistry procedure can help you have the smile you want.

What is cosmetic dental bonding?

Cosmetic bonding repairs damage and defects in your teeth using composite resin, a soft, plastic-based material, to fill in the damaged areas of your smile. Composite resin could be compared to the spackle used in home repairs but for your teeth since it can be shaped to fill in any chip or indentation. This makes it ideal for addressing an assortment of cosmetic dental issues. Once the resin hardens or bonds — hence the name of the procedure — to your teeth it will be just as strong as your natural tooth enamel while looking just like it as well. Dr. Ahrabi of Oakton Dental Center will choose a composite resin that is colored to match your tooth enamel so that the bonded area is not obvious.

What are the signs dental bonding may be necessary?

Bonding can be used to fill in chips in teeth and also to protect exposed roots of teeth that result from receding gums. Heightened sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages can occur without that protective layer of gum tissue, making eating and drinking painful. Sealing up the roots with composite resin can reduce sensitivity while protecting the roots.

Maybe you have one misshapen tooth that doesn’t look like the rest? Sometimes a tooth can be discolored, twisted, crooked, short or oddly shaped teeth but still in effective otherwise. Bonding resin can be used to alter the appearance and color of the tooth, making your smile more uniform.

Cosmetic bonding can also be used to fill in small gaps between your teeth that can trap food and make you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your smile. Cosmetic bonding can close those spaces and make eating easier and it’s relatively affordable.

While cosmetic bonding doesn’t have the longevity of veneers, you should be able to wear them for up to 10 years if you take care of them properly by avoiding hard candy, ice cubes and other hard or sticky food that can crack your composite material.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding in Oakton, VA

Cosmetic dental bonding can give you the confident, attractive smile you’ve always wanted! Call Oakton Dental Center, your source for quality dental care in Oakton, VA, at (703) 382-6789 or schedule online for your consultation.