Are your teeth showing some wear and tear but you aren’t thrilled about the prospect of complicated and expensive dental procedures? Cosmetic bonding may be the simple solution you have been looking for. Dr. Brent Engelberg of AH Smiles in Arlington Heights, IL can revitalize your smile with this relatively inexpensive and increasingly popular cosmetic dentistry procedure.
What is dental bonding?
Cosmetic dental bonding is a procedure that repairs damage and defects in your teeth to help refresh your smile. Your AH Smiles dentist will use composite resin, a soft, plastic-based material, to fill in the damaged spots on your tooth enamel. Composite resin can be thought of as being like the spackle used to repair walls in your home but for your teeth. It can be shaped to fill in any chip or indentation, making it ideal for repairing a variety of cosmetic dental issues.
Once the resin hardens or bonds to your enamel (the reason the treatment is called “dental bonding”), it will look just like your natural teeth and be just as hard. Your AH Smiles dentist will match your composite resin to the existing enamel of your natural tooth so that the bonded area is never obvious.
What are the signs dental bonding may be necessary?
Chips and cracks in teeth, even small ones, can be an embarrassing distraction when you’re trying to look your best, but cosmetic dental bonding can be used to fill in these chips and cover the cracks. The resin can also be used to cover and protect exposed roots that have been laid bare due to receding gum tissues from gum disease. Without that protective layer of gum tissue, the exposed roots can cause eating to become painful.
Maybe you have one tooth that doesn’t look like the others? Sometimes a tooth can have a spot of discoloration or be twisted, crooked, or oddly shaped teeth. This tooth might still be perfectly healthy and in good shape otherwise but unsightly when you smile. Bonding resin can be used to change the appearance and color of the tooth, providing you with a more attractive, uniform smile.
Cosmetic bonding can also fill in small gaps between your teeth that can make eating difficult. Gaps in your teeth can trap food and make you feel self-conscious about eating in public or the way your smile looks. Bonding is a simple and relatively inexpensive way to close those spaces and make eating easier.
Although composite bonding doesn’t have the longevity of porcelain veneers, they may last for up to 10 years if you care for them properly. This means avoiding hard candy, ice cubes and other hard or sticky food that can crack your hardened resin.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding in Arlington Heights, IL
Cosmetic dental bonding can give you the healthy smile you’ve always wanted! Call AH Smiles at (847) 230-9703 to schedule with Dr. Engelberg for your consultation or contact us online.