Cosmetic bonding is a popular procedure usually undergone by patients with discolored or chipped teeth to improve the appearance of their smile. Cosmetic bonding goes by other names in our industry which include tooth bonding and dental bonding.
What is cosmetic bonding?
During the cosmetic bonding procedure, your dentist will apply a synthetic material to the outside of the specified tooth or teeth. This special material was developed to mimic the color and texture of your teeth so that you can smile with confidence.
Before the procedure, your dentist will mix a custom blend to match the natural color of your teeth. An accurate match in color is essential; however, you don’t have to worry when you use our cosmetic bonding service at Kent Wildern Family Dentistry. Our Grand Rapids dentists are experienced in cosmetic bonding procedures.
How long does the procedure take?
The length of the procedure depends on the number of teeth you plan on bonding. Cosmetic bonding usually takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth.
Will it hurt?
The cosmetic bonding procedure is relatively painless and most of our clients don’t require painkillers. You may experience some tooth sensitivity when eating and drinking cold and hot things. If you experience this side effect, you can take an over-the-counter pain medication for relief.
What is the recovery time?
There is no recovery time involved with a cosmetic bonding procedure. You can go back to work immediately after the procedure and it shouldn’t affect your ability to drive.
How long after the procedure do I have to wait to eat or drink?
You don’t have to wait; you can eat or drink right away. Be aware that you may experience some slight tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks after the procedure.
Will cosmetic bonding affect the fit of my retainer or other oral appliance?
It is possible that cosmetic bonding may slightly alter the way your retainer or other oral appliance fits. However, the effect should be minimal.
Is cosmetic bonding right for me?
Cosmetic bonding usually has the best results in areas that experience less pressure from chewing. This usually means that front teeth are elected to be fixed for practical and aesthetic reasons. If you wish to repair a chipped tooth that’s not in the front, it’s still worth bringing up to your dentist. We can create a customized dental plan to eliminate any physical discomfort or self-esteem issues.
For more information on our cosmetic bonding services, contact our Grand Rapids dentist at (616) 364-8716. At Kent Wildern Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our dental team takes pride in helping all of our clients create a smile they can be proud of!