It’s easy for someone to view their smile as imperfect when they have minor flaws such as chips, cracks, or minor misalignments on their teeth. Fortunately, at Smile On Dental Studio, our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Chris Hill can help you restore your smile with one cosmetic solution. In just one appointment, we can fix your minor imperfections using a dental bonding treatment. Not only is dental bonding an effective way to perfect your minor flaws, but it’s quick and cost-effective compared to other cosmetic dentistry treatments.
What Is Teeth Bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry treatment that uses tooth-colored composite resin to perfect flaws on your teeth. Dr. Chris Hill uses the resin to reshape your tooth, cover up cracks or chips, or even cover severe staining. After he finishes applying the resin, he uses a curing light to finalize the treatment. Once the composite resin is set, he will polish the restoration so it looks completely natural. In just one simple visit, you can enjoy a beautiful smile.
Dental bonding is significantly more affordable than porcelain veneers and can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years before it needs to be replaced. Dr. Chris Hill’s experience with cosmetic dentistry and eye for design allow him to give you a natural and beautiful cosmetic restoration. In some cases, patients will need to have regular whitening treatments to ensure their bonding treatment blends in with their natural tooth color.
Dental Bonding Uses
Tooth bonding, or dental bonding, is a versatile cosmetic treatment that may be used to fix a number of common dental problems. Dental bonding is often used to:
- Fill cavities as an alternative to amalgam fillings
- Fix chipped or cracked teeth
- Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- Close gaps between teeth
- Reshape teeth
- Make teeth appear longer
- To protect an exposed tooth root when a patient has receding gums
Benefits of Bonding
Dental bonding is a great solution for both cosmetic as well as restorative reasons. Some patients opt for this as a temporary solution however; bonding also works well as a long-term solution for a cosmetic smile.
One of the benefits is how quick the procedure is. In just one visit with your dentist, you can achieve a beautiful new smile. Patients who want to improve their smile with immediate results appreciate how quickly their smile is transformed with dental bonding. Not to mention, it’s affordable. Porcelain veneers can often set patients back several thousand dollars while bonding may only cost you a few hundred. Lastly, dental bonding gives patients beautiful, natural-looking results. With these amazing benefits, it’s no wonder so many patients opt for dental bonding from Dr. Chris Hill. View some of our before and after photos to see some of the results for yourself.
Limits of Tooth Bonding
Unfortunately, tooth bonding isn’t right for every patient. Some patients may require a different treatment option to achieve the results they want. For one, bonding isn’t as strong as ceramic restorations. This makes it less ideal for patients with bigger needs than just cosmetics.
In addition, it doesn’t last forever. Since it is a soft material, it wears away. Over time, it may lose its polish requiring a followup appointment to restore its toothlike luster.
Lastly, dental bonding is vulnerable to staining. If you drink or eat a lot of foods and drinks that stain your teeth, you may need to replace your restoration more often to avoid stains.
Dental Bonding Consultation with Our St. Louis Cosmetic Dentist
If you think dental bonding might be the right option for you, scheduling a consultation with Dr. Chris Hill is your first step. He will let you know if you are a good candidate after giving you a thorough examination and evaluating your needs. This may involve x-rays as well as a close look at your teeth and gums. If you have severe tooth damage, Dr. Hill may recommend alternative dental treatments to achieve your long-term goals. Alternative treatments may include dental crowns or porcelain veneers which are more expensive. Although bonding is more affordable and conservative for your teeth, it’s not always the right solution. Dr. Hill will let you know what the best option for your smile is.
If you would like to learn more or find out if you’re a good candidate for the procedure, please schedule a consultation with our St. Louis cosmetic dentist.