Save your smile with dental bonding in Greenwood SC
Improving the appearance of your smile in Greenwood, SC, doesn’t need to include painful or expensive procedures. Dental bonding, a process where a resin material that matches the color of the tooth is applied to the tooth and is “bonded” to the tooth using a special light, can be ideal for many cosmetic and restorative concerns.
For example, dental bonding can be used to fill cavities. Rather than fill cavities with a metal filling, when using bonding, the filings are practically invisible. Bonding can also be used to fix teeth that are cracked or chipped, to minimize or close gaps between teeth, to alter the shape of a tooth, or even make it longer. Bonding can also be used to make discolored teeth appear whiter and to cover some of the tooth’s root if it begins to show due to a receding gum line.
One advantage to bonding is that it requires little preparation and, typically, no anesthesia. To prepare the tooth for bonding and ensure the bonding material sticks to the tooth, the doctor will prepare it and then apply a liquid for conditioning. Next, the resin is applied, shaped, and smoothed and a ultra-violet light or laser is used to harden the material. When the material is hard, the dentist will further shape it. Finally, he will polish the bonding to match the rest of your smile. The entire process takes only 30 to 60 minutes for each tooth.
An additional advantage of dental bonding is that it is the least expensive and time intensive of dental procedures. Other procedures, like veneers and crowns, require laboratory time and several office visits. On the other hand, dental bonding can usually be performed in one visit.
However, dental bonding materials are not as strong and do not last as long as other restorative procedures. Bonding materials can chip or break off of the tooth and do not resist staining as much as veneers or crowns.
Dental bonding is often a popular choice for small cosmetic changes, or for temporary fixes while other, longer, procedures are underway. Dental bonding is also effective when used on teeth that have low bite pressure.
If you want to improve the look of your smile, contact Dr. Christopher Griffin to schedule a consultation. He will talk with you about your desired results and develop the best plan for your individual case.