Since one of the first things someone notices about your appearance is your smile, you want to make sure that your teeth are in the best condition possible. Dentists know that having chipped, crooked or discolored teeth can be uncomfortable for anyone to deal with.
Fortunately, cosmetic bonding is one of the best ways to solve these issues. Cosmetic bonding uses tooth-colored composite resin to fix decayed teeth and many other aesthetic imperfections.
Cosmetic bonding can solve a wide array of dental issues, including:
- Discolored teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Spaces and gaps
- Misshapen teeth
Cosmetic bonding, also known as tooth or dental bonding, is one of most inexpensive treatments for flawed teeth. The procedure can cost as little as $100 per tooth, depending on the type and severity of the damage. Other procedures, such as veneers, can cost anywhere from $1000 to $3000 per tooth.
Compared to other extensive dental procedures such as crowns and veneers, cosmetic bonding is an extremely simple treatment. In many cases, the procedure can be completed in a single visit to the dentist, whereas crowns and veneers need to be manufactured in a lab before the procedure can even take place. In fact, the entire cosmetic bonding procedure can be completed in as little as 30 to 60 minutes.
Preserves Tooth Enamel
You may have heard that once tooth enamel is gone, it usually doesn’t come back. Because enamel protects the sensitive inner layers of your teeth,it is crucial for your tooth enamel to remain undamaged.
Unlike crowns and veneers, little to no enamel is removed from the tooth during a cosmetic bonding procedure. Since very little enamel is removed, the natural health and structure of your teeth will remain intact. Patients rarely feel any pain when receiving a cosmetic bonding treatment. Dentists only need to use numbing medication for cases involving dental decay (cavities).
The composite resin used in cosmetic bonding is a very durable and long-lasting substance. For many patients, the benefits of the procedure last up to 15 years with little maintenance, while veneers only last around 5 to 10 years. Although cosmetic bonding has many benefits, the procedure is best suited for minor cosmetic changes.
To learn more about Grand Rapids dentist Dr. Kent Wildern and the services we offer, please contact us here or call us at (616) 364-8716. Kent Wildern DDS and his dental team strives to be the very best at providing our patients with optimal care while making them feel right at home.