April 30, 2023
If you’re not happy with the way your teeth look, you’re not alone. Although you know cosmetic dentistry can help, you’re not made of money. You don’t have to be rich or famous to revamp your pearly whites because you have more options than ever to address common concerns, like chips or stains. Cosmetic bonding ranks among the most popular elective services every year and for good reasons. It offers a lot of bang for your buck. Here’s how you can turn the smile of your dreams into reality without it costing you an arm or a leg.
What is Cosmetic Bonding?
Cosmetic bonding uses a composite resin material to treat minor imperfections. The resin is shaded to match the color of the enamel to blend in with the tooth structure, so only a trained dental professional will know it is there. The minimally invasive procedure can provide drastic results after just one appointment. Your new smile can last for 5 to 10 years, depending on your aftercare routine.
What Can Cosmetic Bonding Fix?
Dental bonding provides both cosmetic and restorative benefits, making it a versatile treatment. Bonding is a great option to fix:
- Tooth decay
- Exposed tooth roots
- Chips and cracks
- Stains and discoloration
- Small teeth
Your cosmetic dentist will examine your mouth and learn more about your goals to determine if it is right for you.
The Process of Cosmetic Bonding
After your initial consultation, you will be scheduled for your appointment. Typically, it takes 30 to 60 minutes to perform the procedure, but the time varies depending on the number of teeth you’re treating. If you are improving several teeth, your cosmetic dentist may recommend more than one appointment.
They may use a local numbing agent to block any pain signals, but it isn’t always necessary. Your dentist will clean and dry your tooth before applying a weak acid to open the pores in your enamel. Your tooth is rinsed and dried before your dentist places the resin, which has been previously shaded to match the color of your tooth.
They will mold the material into the desired shape before using a special dental light to harden it quickly. Your tooth will be smooth and polished, and you’ll be ready to go. You will walk out of the office with a stunning smile that looks natural.
It’s never too late to invest in picture-perfect teeth. Cosmetic bonding can be the solution you need to love the smile you see in the mirror.
About Dr. Terry F. Rakowsky
Dr. Rakowsky earned his dental degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and has completed advanced training at the Dawson Academy and the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. He is a proud member of many dental organizations, including the American Dental Association. Request an appointment through our website or call (215) 795-5449.
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