Do you have small chips in your teeth? What about slight misalignment or discoloration? You are not alone: even patients with healthy teeth and gums can become dissatisfied with cosmetic aspects of their smile.
Dental bonding uses a malleable, tooth-colored substance known as composite resin to restore mild tooth damage. It is often recommended as a cost-effective alternative to porcelain veneers. At our Kansas City, MO, practice, Dr. John Goodman has over 20 years of experience improving patient’s smiles with treatments in cosmetic dentistry, including dental bonding.
Understanding Dental Bonding
Composite resin is a versatile, high-quality, tooth-colored material used in both restorative and cosmetic procedures. For example, when a tooth has a cavity or has suffered mild trauma, dental bonding can replace the damaged or lost enamel. In fact, many patients even choose to have their old metal amalgam fillings replaced with composite ones. As a cosmetic treatment, bonding can conceal minor chips and cracks or change the width, length, or shape of a tooth for a more uniform and balanced appearance.
Dental bonding is an effective and affordable option for refining your smile.
Am I a Candidate?
As a noninvasive cosmetic procedure, dental bonding is available to almost any patient who is interested. However, it is important to note that other serious dental issues, such as extensive decay or periodontal disease, should be treated prior to the bonding process. If you smoke, we also highly recommend stopping before pursuing dental bonding, as tobacco products can stain the composite resin material.
Dental bonding is often performed in conjunction with other cosmetic treatments. If you are considering professional teeth whitening, we recommend undergoing that treatment first so that we can color-match the composite resin material to your new smile.