Are your teeth looking a bit worse for wear but you don’t want to undergo complicated and expensive dental procedures to freshen them up? Cosmetic dental bonding may be a simple solution to multiple dental issues at once.
Dr. Abbas Ahrabi of Oakton Dental Center, a respected dental practice in Oakton, VA, explains how this relatively inexpensive and increasingly popular cosmetic dentistry treatment can help you have the smile you want.
What is cosmetic dental bonding?
Cosmetic bonding is a procedure that can correct damage and defects in your tooth enamel such as chips and indentations. Dr. Ahrabi uses composite resin, a soft, plastic-based material, to fill in the damaged areas on your teeth.
Composite resin could be thought of as similar to the spackle used in home repairs but for your teeth. It is available in several shades to match different colors and shades of tooth enamel and it can be shaped to fill in any chip or indentation, making it ideal for treating a variety of cosmetic dental issues. Once the resin hardens and bonds to your enamel — hence the name “cosmetic bonding” — it will look just like it and be just as strong as well.
What are the signs that dental bonding may be necessary?
Chips in tooth enamel, even small ones, can be noticeable. But resin can be used to fill in these chips and to cover and protect roots of teeth that have become exposed due to receding gums. Without this protective layer of gum tissue, you may experience heightened sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages and eating can become painful. Covering the exposed roots with composite resin can decrease this sensitivity while protecting the roots.
Maybe you have one tooth that is oddly shaped or out of place? A tooth can be discolored, twisted, crooked, short or oddly shaped teeth but still otherwise healthy and useful. Bonding resin can be used to change the appearance and color of the tooth to give your smile a more uniform look.
Cosmetic bonding is also a good option for filling in small gaps between your teeth. Gaps between your teeth can catch food and make you feel self-conscious about your smile. Bonding is a simple and relatively affordable means to closing those spaces for a healthier and more confident smile.
While composite bonding doesn’t have the longevity of dental veneers, they should last you about 10 years if you care for them properly. This means your should not use your teeth to rip or tear non-food items as well as 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 healthy smile you’ve always! Call Dr. Ahrabi at Oakton Dental Center at (703) 938-3405 or schedule online for your consultation. Why not take advantage of this versatile cosmetic dentistry treatment?