Do you have a habit of covering up your smile in public or in photos? When you look in the mirror, are your eyes drawn to your smile for all the wrong reasons? When you have chips, gaps, or stains on your teeth, it can be hard to find a reason to smile. That’s why your cosmetic dentist in Virginia Beach offers dental bonding, a procedure designed to correct minor aesthetic imperfections. Keep reading to learn more about what bonding is and how it can help you. If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Dental bonding, also known as cosmetic or direct bonding, involves using a composite resin (the same material used in tooth-colored fillings) to treat minor aesthetic issues you may have with your smile, such as:
We begin the bonding process by numbing the treatment area. Next, we apply an etchant material to create deeper pits and grooves in the surface of the tooth and make room for the bonding material. Then, the composite resin, a highly malleable putty-like substance, is applied directly to the tooth. It seeps into the newly created grooves and pits in the tooth’s porous enamel. Once the material is in the correct shape, a special curing light is used to harden the material into place. This step creates a powerful natural bond between the tooth and the bonding material. Finally, the tooth is smoothed and polished, leaving you with a perfectly flawless smile.
No treatment is one hundred percent right for every patient. However, if you’re looking for a quick, affordable way to correct numerous cosmetic flaws at once, then direct bonding might be just the treatment for you. Some of the advantages of dental bonding include: