Tooth bonding can serve both cosmetic dentistry and restorative purposes, addressing minor aesthetic concerns and tooth damage. Similar to a dental filling procedure, tooth bonding is typically an easy process completed during one visit with Dr. Hughes at Boulder Valley Dental Center in Louisville, CO. Dr. Hughes recommends tooth bonding for many reasons:
- Discolored teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Small gaps between teeth
Although tooth bonding can last for 10 years or more with proper dental care, it is not considered a permanent restoration. For this reason, tooth bonding is often the perfect solution for younger patients or adult patients who are not yet ready for placing dental veneers, a more permanent treatment option. The tooth bonding process is similar to that of a dental filling.
Dr. Hughes will numb the area to be treated to ensure you are completely comfortable. The tooth surface will be prepared by slightly etching it to create a varied surface that will hold the composite resin. Dr. Hughes will sculpt the color matched material into the desired shape for a natural looking result.
The composite material is cured for a stable result using a special light and then polished to blend with the natural luster of your natural teeth. You can improve the longevity of your results with good daily oral hygiene and routine dental care where we can monitor for any signs of damage.
Porcelain Veneers: Alternative to Tooth Bonding
Porcelain Veneers look natural and are a more permanent solution than tooth bonding. They are made from a material with the same translucent properties as tooth enamel. In fact, the material can also be shaded to better blend with the rest of your smile. The material is also stain-resistant and durable, which helps ensure they remain bright and can withstand bite forces and other pressures.
We can use them to correct multiple cosmetic problems. Veneers are place over the front of the teeth, allowing them to mask teeth stains, close gaps between teeth, correct the appearance of misalignment, and alter the shape of damaged/misshapen teeth. They allow Dr. Hughes to completely change a tooth’s appearance in as little as two visits.
After removing a thin layer of surface enamel, impressions are taken of your teeth. The impressions are used in the design and fabrication process, ensuring the new restoration fits properly and looks natural.
They only require routine care and maintenance. In order to maintain the new restorations you will need to brush and floss at least twice a day. You should also see Dr. Hughes about once every six months for a checkup and cleaning, which allows her to examine your restoration.