August 16, 2019
Is your smile suffering because of damaged or discolored teeth? Over time, these flaws can begin to have a massive impact on your self-confidence. Luckily, there are a variety of cosmetic dental solutions available to help you. One of the most cost-effective and popular ones utilizes composite resin to fix a variety of imperfections. The best place to start to find out if you’re a good candidate for teeth bonding is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. Here are some factors that may determine if this is the right choice for you.
One of the reasons that dental bonding is such a popular cosmetic solution among patients is because it is incredibly cost-effective. Other treatments such as porcelain veneers fix more issues, but they’re also the pricier choice. So, if you’re a patient that has a few chips that are distracting from your otherwise beautiful smile, and you don’t want to break your monthly budget, dental bonding is right for you.
Time-Constraint? No Worries
With other cosmetic treatments, a transformed smile may take weeks to accomplish. The entire dental bonding process can be completed in your dentist’s office in a single visit. That way, you won’t have to worry about needing to schedule multiple visits or taking off work. For patients with busy schedules, families, or who are in school, this is an especially important factor to consider. Depending on how much damage you’d like to repair, it usually takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes per tooth.
Fixing Minor Cosmetic Flaws
In some cases, another cosmetic treatment, such as porcelain veneers, may be a better choice for you. Your dentist will let you know if that’s the case. However, dental bonding can be used to repair a variety of flaws, depending on their severity, including:
- Repair and protect decayed teeth.
- Chipped or cracked teeth.
- Discolored teeth.
- Spaces between teeth.
- Lengthen short teeth.
Gentle on Sensitive Mouths
The great news about composite resin, the material used in dental bonding, is that it looks completely natural and is gentle on your gums and oral tissues. It’s made from fine particles of glass and acrylic and bonds to your tooth to protect it from harmful oral bacteria and additional damage. Plus, there is little to no preparation required before the procedure, meaning that more of your natural tooth structure will be left unaltered compared to other treatments.
Long-Lasting and Easy to Care For
With the proper care, your bonded teeth can last anywhere from three to five years. Plus, you won’t have to change up your oral hygiene routine. Just be sure to brush twice each day with fluoride toothpaste, floss every day, and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash. This will keep your smile looking great, and help you get the most out of your dental investment. Be sure to make routine visits to your dentist for checkups and cleanings every six months. This way, they can make any necessary repairs or replace the bonding.
The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for this fast, safe, and cost-effective cosmetic solution is to speak with your dentist. Don’t let your damaged teeth take away from your beautiful grin any longer!
About the Author
Dr. Shiloh Lindsey treats patients of all ages and offers a wide range of services, including cosmetic bonding. She completed a general practice residency at Denver Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center and opened her very own practice soon after. She is committed to transforming her patient’s smiles into traits that they’re proud to show off. For questions or to schedule an appointment for dental bonding, visit Aspen Dental Care’s website or call 970-482-3166.
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