Have your teeth seen better days but you don’t want to undergo complicated and expensive dental procedures? Cosmetic bonding may the easy and relatively inexpensive solution you have been looking for. Dr. J. Stephen Hoard, your New Bern, NC dentist, explains how this increasingly popular cosmetic dentistry treatment can help you have the smile you want without the stress.
What is cosmetic dental bonding?
Cosmetic dental bonding is a procedure that repairs damaged and defective teeth. Dr. Hoard uses 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. The resin can be shaped to fill in any chip or indentation, making it an ideal solution for treating an number of cosmetic dental issues.
After the resin has hardened or bonded — hence the name of the procedure — the new surface it has created will not only be as strong as your natural tooth enamel but it will look just like it as well. Dr. Hoard chooses composite resin — colored to match your tooth enamel — ensuring that the bonded area is never obvious to casual onlookers.
What are the signs you may need dental bonding?
Maybe you have a chipped tooth? Even a small chip can be quite noticeable but bonding can be used to fill in these chips with composite resin. It can also be used to safeguard the roots of teeth that have been exposed due to receding gums. Because of the heightened sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages that can occur in teeth with receding gums, eating can be painful. Coating the roots with a layer of composite resin can decrease this sensitivity while also protecting the roots from further exposure to decay.
Perhaps you have one tooth that is oddly shaped ? Oftentimes, a tooth can be discolored, twisted, crooked, short or oddly shaped teeth but still in good working order otherwise. Bonding resin can be used to alter the appearance and color of the tooth, giving your smile a more pleasing and uniform look..
Cosmetic bonding is also an option for filling in small gaps between your teeth. These gaps can trap food, making you self-conscious about your smile. Bonding is a simple and relatively affordable way to close up those spaces, making eating easier.
While composite bonding does not last quite as long as porcelain veneers, you should be able to wear them for up to 10 years with proper care. This may mean passing up hard candy, ice cubes and other hard or sticky food that can crack your resin.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding in New Bern, NC
Cosmetic dental bonding can help you have the attractive and confident smile you’ve been wanting! Call Dr. Hoard, your dentist in New Bern, NC at 252.507.0373 or schedule an appointment online for your consultation. Take advantage of the benefits of cosmetic dental bonding today!