When you think of cosmetic smile improvement, you might automatically think of teeth whitening or porcelain veneers. Though cosmetic tooth bonding isn’t as well-known as other treatment options, it’s often the best solution for correcting cosmetic issues in a safe and minimally invasive manner. Given the many different things that tooth bonding can do for your smile, it can often be a better option than other, more extensive treatments. During your consultation, your dentist will perform a thorough examination to determine the nature and extent of your cosmetic concerns, and whether or not bonding is the best way to address them.
Erase stains when teeth-whitening can’t.
Teeth stains are common, and in many cases, they can be quickly and easily erased with teeth-whitening. However, in some cases, tooth discoloration is too severe, or it originates within your tooth’s structure, and cannot be erased with teeth-whitening. As a more effective alternative, your dentist can suggest tooth bonding, which is the process of applying tooth-colored composite resin to correct the blemish.
Fortify a mildly damaged tooth.
A tooth that is chipped, cracked, or excessively worn down has become structurally compromised, and will suffer increasingly worse damage until it is treated. Extensive damage can require a dental crown placed completely over the tooth, but in milder situations, your dentist may be able to fix and fortify the tooth with bonding. After covering the damage with the tooth-colored resin, your dentist will carefully sculpt, harden, and then polish the material for a durable and lifelike finish.
Fix a cavity without being a seen.
While tooth bonding may not be a particularly famous treatment option, composite resin is becoming more well-known as a safer and more attractive alternative to metal tooth fillings. Tooth-colored, resin fillings conform more accurately to the shape of a cavity, and since they contain no metal whatsoever, they’re safer for a wider variety of patients of all ages. s
Is Tooth Bonding the Right Option?
Given its variety of uses and custom, lifelike appearance, tooth bonding can be the right option to correct a number of different dental concerns. To find out if it’s right for you, schedule a consultation by calling Dr. Steven Huffstutler in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-918-3038.