You’ve got strong, healthy, well cared-for teeth and gums. But there’s just one thing (or maybe more) that is stopping you from having the white, bright, straight smile you’ve always dreamed of. Sound familiar?
Maybe you have a chipped or cracked tooth or an unsightly gap between two or more of your teeth, but you don’t want to get braces or invest in veneers. The good news is that there is a solution that will create the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
It’s called cosmetic bonding, and it can be used to solve a myriad of tooth problems that you may have thought were out of your price range to fix. The good news is that cosmetic bonding is affordable and yields excellent results, too!
What Is Cosmetic Bonding?
With cosmetic bonding, Dr. Morgan uses a resin composite made of tiny particles of glass and acrylic that perfectly matches your teeth to repair chips, cracks and gaps in the teeth. This natural-looking and -feeling composite is durable, and with proper care, it can last many years.
Dr. Morgan molds this composite to your teeth and then uses a special device to harden it into place.
Who Is A Good Candidate?
Cosmetic bonding is a great solution for anyone looking to repair their natural teeth. This means anyone with chipping, cracking or gaps in their adult teeth is generally a great candidate for cosmetic bonding.
Cosmetic bonding can even repair unevenness of the teeth and cover unsightly stains, much like veneers but more budget friendly.
What Are The Advantages?
In addition to looking completely natural, your cosmetic bonding procedure is less invasive than other cosmetic procedures like crowns and veneers, and very little natural tooth needs to be removed to attach the bonding material to the teeth.
It is also more affordable and can even correct more than one flaw in one procedure.
How Do I Take Care Of Teeth With Cosmetic Bonding?
Because cosmetic bonding is not part of your natural tooth, you must use caution with your teeth when you have bonding. While you shouldn’t have to alter your routine much, you may want to avoid excessively crunchy foods – or just find a better way to eat those foods than you’re used to. For example, if you’re a fan of crunchy apples but have bonding on your front teeth, you may want to consider slicing your apples up before biting into them, so you can give some of the work to your back teeth and alleviate some of the stress on your front teeth.
As for care, teeth with cosmetic bonding do not require any special care beyond your usual oral health routine, which includes brushing at least twice a day, for two minutes at a time, and flossing at least once a day. Furthermore, you should still be attending regular exams with Dr. Morgan, both to check the health of your teeth and gums and to make sure your bonding is secure and in like-new condition. During these exams, Dr. Morgan can also recommend replacing your bonding if necessary.
How Is Cosmetic Bonding Performed?
Now that you’re considering cosmetic bonding, you may be wondering what the actual cosmetic bonding procedure is like. Many people are worried it is painful, but the great news is that cosmetic bonding is not only painless, but it’s also pretty quick!
First, Dr. Morgan will smooth out any sharp or jagged edges on your tooth or teeth. Once your teeth are ready to go, Dr. Morgan will help you determine which shade of resin composite will work best with your existing tooth enamel.
Next, Dr. Morgan and his team will etch the surface of the tooth or teeth that will be getting the bonding to help the bonding adhere to the tooth. The resin composite is then applied in layers until the tooth needing repair looks satisfactory to you. Next, it will be hardened with a curing light, just like with resin composite fillings. Finally, the tooth or teeth are polished and adjusted if necessary, and just like that, you’re done!
What Do I Do If I Want Cosmetic Bonding?
If you’re interested in cosmetic bonding, your next step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Morgan and discuss your options. To learn more about if you are a good candidate for cosmetic bonding, please contact Dr. Morgan’s office today!