Your teeth say a lot about you, but if you’re less than happy with their appearance, you may want to undergo a cosmetic dental procedure. Often, if there are several things affecting your confidence, you may need several types of treatment.
While cosmetic bonding isn’t as well known as many other types of dental procedures, this ‘best kept secret’ can make a huge difference to your smile and self-esteem.
But what is cosmetic bonding and how does it work?
Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about this wonderfully simple but effective treatment.
What Does Cosmetic Bonding Treat?
Cosmetic bonding is a versatile treatment option that can be used for:
- Closing small gaps between teeth
- Repairing cracks and chips
- Helping minor misalignment issues
You may think that you’d need crowns, veneers, and orthodontic treatment to correct these issues, however, in some cases cosmetic bonding may provide suitable correction. When you book a consultation, we’ll be able to tell you whether you’re a suitable candidate for cosmetic bonding.
Cosmetic bonding uses a composite resin. When applied, this can build up and reshape your teeth and improve many defects. The resin will be colour-matched to your natural teeth, so nobody will even know it’s there.
What Happens During the Cosmetic Bonding Procedure?
Let’s face it, nobody enjoys dental procedures, particularly when there are drills and other tools involved. Thankfully, there is nothing painful or uncomfortable about the process of applying the composite resin used in this procedure. In fact, there’s no need for any injections either.
First, we’ll prepare your tooth so that the resin adheres to it. Once that’s done, we’ll start putting the composite material in place. We’ll then skillfully shape it, improving the look of your tooth. Once we’re satisfied with its appearance, we’ll harden the resin using a special light.
How Long Does Cosmetic Bonding Take?
This simple process can be done in one short appointment. There’s no downtime afterwards either, so you can go about your day as usual. You may even want to have the procedure on several teeth at once. Obviously, the more teeth you’re having treated, the longer it will take.
Can You Combine Cosmetic Bonding With Teeth Whitening?
Improving the shape and appearance of your teeth may prompt you to make further changes. Many people opt to have teeth whitening in conjunction with composite bonding.
We use Enlighten, the revolutionary at-home whitening treatment that can brighten your teeth up to a Vita B1 shade – that’s the brightest and most natural shade of white possible. All this can be achieved in just two weeks.
If you’re planning on whitening your teeth, let us know during your initial consultation. We’ll want to make sure that we colour match the resin with your new brighter smile.
Cosmetic bonding is an effective way of dealing with many aesthetic concerns. If you’d like to learn more, or would like the treatment, get in touch today and book an appointment.