Are your teeth a little worse for wear but you don’t want to undergo complicated and expensive dental procedures to repair the issues? Cosmetic bonding may the simple solution you need. Dr. James Lassiter of Lassiter Family Dentistry, your Kingsland, GA dentist, 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 repairs damage and defects in your tooth enamel such as chips and indentations. Dr. Lassiter uses composite resin, a soft, plastic-based material, to fill in the damaged areas on your teeth. Composite resin could be compared to the spackle used in home repairs but for your teeth. It can be molded to fill in any chip or indentation, making it ideal for treating an assortment of cosmetic dental issues.
Once the resin hardens or bonds — hence the name of the treatment — it will not only be just as strong as your natural tooth enamel but it will blend seamlessly with it as well. Dr. Lassiter will choose a composite resin that is colored to match your own natural tooth enamel.
What are the signs that dental bonding may be necessary?
Chips in tooth enamel, even small ones, can be noticeable when you smile or eat. But bonding resin can be used to fill in these chips. It can also be used to protect the roots of teeth that may be exposed due to receding gum line. Without that protective layer of tissue, heightened sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages can occur and eating can become difficult. Covering the roots with composite resin can decrease this sensitivity while also protecting the roots.
Maybe you have one tooth that doesn’t look like the others? Sometimes a tooth can be discolored, twisted, crooked, short or oddly shaped teeth but still in perfectly good shape otherwise. Bonding resin can be molded to change the appearance and color of the tooth, boosting your confidence.
Cosmetic bonding is also a great option for filling in unsightly gaps between your teeth. These gaps in your teeth can trap food and also cause you to be self-conscious about the way your smile looks. Cosmetic dental bonding is a simple and relatively affordable solution to close those spaces and make eating easier.
While composite bonding doesn’t have as long a lifespan as dental veneers, they should last you about 10 years if you care for them properly. This means not using 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 Kingsland, GA
Cosmetic dental bonding can give you fresh-looking smile again! Call Lassiter Family Dentistry, your dentist in Kingsland, GA at (912) 576-4011 or schedule online for your consultation. Why resolve those nagging dental issues today?