Cosmetic dental bonding is one of the easiest and most affordable procedures our doctors perform on a regular basis. The treatment can be performed on adults and children, and involves very little, if any, discomfort to the patient. Dental bonding can repair chips and cover mild discolorations on the patient’s teeth. Bonding is done with a versatile composite resin that the doctors use for many procedures, including filling cavities. If you would like to learn more about cosmetic dental bonding, or want to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled dental professionals, call our Docklands dental office at (03) 9021-9487 today.
Candidates for Cosmetic Bonding
Because of the relative ease and comfort of the procedure, almost every patient qualifies as a patient for cosmetic bonding. A patient who has a chipped tooth will find that bonding makes the tooth look as good as new. Teeth that appear to be short can be lengthened using cosmetic bonding, and a smile with mildly misaligned teeth or spaces in between teeth can be made to look gorgeous. Some patients choose dental bonding as a method of covering up mild stains or discolorations on their teeth that don’t respond to whitening treatments. Our doctors can even use the composite resin to fill cavities, keeping the teeth looking natural, rather than adding a dark metal spot to the patient’s smile.
The Cosmetic Bonding Process
To begin the process, you will have a consultation with one of our dentists. The dentist will discuss what you like or dislike about your smile, and what you hope to achieve with the cosmetic bonding treatment. The actual process of applying the bonding will take about 30 minutes, with additional time required for more teeth. The doctor will use a shading guide to tint the resin, matching it to your natural tooth color. Next the doctor will prepare the tooth by etching it and applying a liquid conditioner, both of which help the resin adhere to the tooth. When the doctor has sufficiently prepared the tooth, he will apply the resin, molding it to the correct size and shape. The tooth will be smoothed, and the doctor will use a curing light to harden the resin as he continues to trim and shape it. When the bonding hardens, the doctor will check for proper occlusion, making any necessary adjustments. Then the doctor will polish the tooth until it matches the sheen of your natural teeth.
Benefits of Cosmetic Bonding
The cosmetic bonding procedure can be completed in just one visit, typically without the need for anesthesia. Because it requires no lab work or ceramic materials, the procedure is relatively inexpensive, and many patients view it as a less expensive alternative to porcelain veneers.
The resin used for the procedure bonds chemically with the tooth, providing durability, protecting from decay, and preventing damaged areas from expanding and becoming bigger problems. The versatility of the resin we use means that we can mold or shape it in any way necessary to make your teeth look stunning, and the ability to tint the resin to match your natural tooth color makes repairs virtually invisible.
Call Us for a Consultation
Whether you want to improve the look of your smile, or repair a damaged tooth, cosmetic dental bonding offers you many options. To learn more, call our Docklands dental office today at (03) 9021-9487 and schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.