Find out how this simple cosmetic treatment could improve the look of a tooth.
Okay, so no smile is perfect. Everything from getting older to injuries can leave us with imperfections in our teeth that can affect how confident we feel in our appearance; fortunately, our Seymour, IN, dentists Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Lane Severe offers different ways to enhance and improve the way your teeth look depending on the issues you are facing. One such way is through a simple technique known as dental bonding.
What is dental bonding?
Do you know the tooth-colored material that is used to fill a tooth after a cavity? If so, this same moldable material (known as composite resin) is applied to the surface of a tooth to also cover minor imperfections. Composite resin even matches the shade of your tooth so that it blends in once it’s applied and shaped.
What issues can dental bonding address?
While bonding won’t be able to tackle more serious issues it can mask:
- Small chips and cracks (that don’t affect the overall function of the tooth)
- Discolorations and internal stains
- Unevenness or asymmetrical areas of the tooth
- Small gaps between teeth
If you grind your teeth you may find that some teeth appear smaller than others, which can affect the overall shape and symmetry of your smile. If this happens, sometimes our Seymour, IN, general dentists can apply bonding resin to these areas to lengthen a tooth or change its shape so that you have a more uniform smile. In some cases, bonding can even improve the resilience and strength of a worn tooth.
What should I expect from the dental bonding treatment?
This simple cosmetic treatment usually takes no more than 30 minutes per tooth. It can even be performed during your routine dental checkup. After your tooth has been cleaned, we will apply a liquid to the tooth, which will roughen the surface so the resin sticks to it.
Once the liquid has been removed, our Seymour, IN, cosmetic dentists will apply the resin to the tooth and then shape and mold the resin to the tooth. The resin is like putty, so it’s easy to alter and contour so it blends right in with the rest of the tooth while also hiding the imperfection. Once the resin has been shaped, we will use a special light to harden the resin to the tooth. Lastly, we will polish the tooth so that the resin has the same sheen as the rest of your tooth enamel.
Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN, is dedicated to helping you achieve the ideal smile. No matter whether you are dealing with minor flaws or serious problems, we can sit down with you and create an individualized treatment plan that will help you get the results you want.