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Mar
26

Dental Bonding to Correct Smile Irregularities

Posted in Veneers

You’re probably heard of smile makeovers, porcelain veneers and whitening as a way to completely transform the entire appearance of your teeth. But what if you only have a few small areas that really bother you? Perhaps you have a small chip on a front tooth, or an irregularity on another one. Dental bonding is an alternative cosmetic procedure that allows your dentist to change the appearance of small irregularities in just a few teeth.

Bonding material is similar to that used in tooth colored fillings and is matched to the shade of your natural tooth surface. It can be used to reshape teeth or repair small chips or fractures that otherwise create a less than perfect aesthetic appearance.

Choosing to have an area bonded is both economical and practical. In some cases it may be used before more invasive or costly procedures are performed. Bonding is ideal for patients that don’t need extensive restorative work like crowns or veneers. It may be used over areas of gum recession or tooth abrasion to reduce tooth sensitivity.  Depending on the location and severity of the area, bonding may or may not be the ideal choice. A consultation with your dentist can let you know if you’re an ideal candidate for bonding, what to expect, and how much the entire procedure will be.

Areas that are often considered for bonding include:

  • Small chips on the biting edges of teeth
  • Cosmetic irregularities that cannot be corrected with whitening
  • Minor tooth discrepancies in size, shape or location

Tooth bonding can be used alone or in conjunction with other types of cosmetic dental therapy to create a beautiful smile that you’re confident to share.

Posted on behalf of Cosmetic Dentistry Center

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