For years, people have worked diligently to achieve the perfect smile. Brushing and flossing are the obvious measures that should be taken but many people have found that more permanent measures are needed to whiten and brighten their smiles.
While porcelain veneers are a good and viable option for a variety of patients, they may not be perfect for everyone. Likewise, caps and crowns work in some instances but every patient is different and so every treatment must be different. For patients looking for an alternative to veneers and crowns, cosmetic bonding may be the route to go.
Cosmetic bonding is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed by very talented cosmetic dentists. The process is typically painless and can do anything from whiten a smile to repairing the superficial imperfections of a smile.
- The outside of the tooth is given a rough surface. This new roughness will make it easier for the new material to be applied to the tooth.
- The cosmetic dentist will apply a resin or dental grade plastic to the rough surface of the tooth. More layers of material will be added until the tooth matches the surrounding teeth in general shape.
- A high-intensity light will be shined on the material. This light will harden it and give the material the same basic toughness of a natural tooth.
- Finally, the dentist will shape the new material. This process will ensure that the cosmetic bonding matches in color and shape to the surrounding teeth.
After the cosmetic bonding is completed, the tooth will look, feel, and perform just as any other tooth. Even care for a cosmetic bonding is simple. Patients with a cosmetic bonding need only to floss and brush as normal, basically treating the cosmetic bonding as the rest of their teeth. If you have more questions about cosmetic bonding, give our Columbus, Ohio office a call today.