It is important to practice good oral hygiene habits that will promote strong, healthy teeth, but in many cases, patients are more concerned about how their teeth look. After all, the appearance of the teeth contributes to the overall aesthetics of the smile and face. However, many patients are not naturally blessed with straight, white, evenly spaced teeth. That is why cosmetic dentistry treatments to address superficial cosmetic flaws are so popular.
One of the most affordable and least invasive of these cosmetic dentistry treatments is dental bonding. Fortunately, cosmetic dental bonding is also extremely versatile, making it a great treatment option for just about any patient who is looking to enhance his or her smile. Cosmetic dental bonding candidates at our Missouri City, TX practice can rely on this simple procedure to conceal dental blemishes and improve the appearance of the smile.
Is Cosmetic Dental Bonding Right for Me?
Cosmetic dental bonding is a treatment that has multiple applications. With this procedure, we can address a number of common dental flaws that detract from the natural beauty of the smile. Some of the imperfections that can be addressed through dental bonding treatment include:
- Tooth discoloration and dental staining
- Chips, cracks, and fractures
- Gapped teeth
- A misshapen or poorly sized tooth (for example, a tooth that is shorter than others)
- Gum recession, or gaps of space between the teeth and gums
The dental bonding treatment is completely non-invasive, does not require any permanent alteration to the teeth, and may not require the use of a local anesthetic. Because of this, just about any patient should be able to safely and comfortably undergo the cosmetic dental bonding procedure. However, it is important to note that dental bonding is simply a cosmetic treatment. If there are other oral health problems (such as decay or erosion) that are causing the aesthetic blemishes, it is important to treat these conditions before proceeding with dental bonding treatment. In order to improve the beauty of the smile without further compromising the health of the teeth, any necessary restorative dental work must be completed prior to cosmetic dental bonding.
Caring for the Teeth after Dental Bonding
Dental bonding offers effective results that may last anywhere from three to ten years. The lifespan of this cosmetic treatment will depend on the aftercare that is provided, so it is important for dental bonding candidates to understand how to care for the teeth following treatment. Patients should continue to practice good oral hygiene habits at home, complementing this routine with biannual dental exams and cleanings. To help preserve the strength of the dental bonding material, patients should avoid habits that put extra pressure on the teeth, including nail biting, eating hard and sticky foods, teeth grinding, and using the teeth as tools. With care and precaution, patients can ensure that they have a beautiful smile for many years to come.
If you are looking for a safe, effective, and affordable cosmetic dentistry treatment that will allow you to enhance the beauty of your smile, cosmetic dental bonding may be right for you. Contact us at your earliest convenience to find out how this treatment can help you achieve your ideal smile.