An easy, confident smile can be one’s greatest asset. However, many adults find themselves embarrassed about their over appearance because they are unhappy with how their teeth look. One doesn’t have to put up with it though. Dr Copeland says, “There is always something that can be done to improve someone’s smile. Each person has an idea of what they don’t like about their current smile.” Dr. Cynthia Copeland of Whole Health Dentistry in Santa Barbara, CA, understands the impact that these imperfections can have on her patients’ self-esteem. She offers a broad range of cosmetic dentistry services, including dental bonding.
The first step is identifying with photos, what exactly is the problem- Once Identified a plan is made for correction to the patient’s satisfaction.
Tooth bonding is a dental treatment that can be performed to address several dental issues, including:
Dental bonding can address these issues by applying a composite resin to the damaged area of the tooth. The resin is shaded to be an exact match of your teeth, which allows for a seamless restoration.
A cosmetic bonding appointment is much like having a cavity filled; however, in most cases, enamel does not need to be removed before the resin is applied to the tooth. In cases where there is tooth decay, it will need to be removed first. Dentists also recommend that patients have their teeth professionally cleaned before the appointment.
The bonding procedure begins by scratching the enamel of the tooth to make it a little rough. Next, the resin is applied to the tooth and molded into shape, and a special light is used to harden the resin. Finally, the tooth is smoothed until it looks and feels natural.
Following the appointment, patients may experience some mild sensitivity. That can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Dentists recommend that patients eat soft foods and avoid foods or beverages that are very cold.
Cosmetic bonding is an effective solution; however, it’s important to note that resin isn’t as strong as your natural teeth. Patients are advised to avoid biting on pens, chewing on ice, or grinding their teeth. Further, the resin can be stained from coffee or dark beverages, and unlike your natural enamel, you can’t lighten it with professional whitening treatments.
For more information about cosmetic dental bonding, text the office of Whole Health Dentistry today at +1 (855) 441-0001.