There are many people who merely require small cosmetic fixes, as opposed to extensive dental work, to attain an optimal smile appearance. Minor aesthetic dental flaws can not only prevent an ideal tooth shape, but they may also hinder a confident and immaculate smile. For teeth that appear small, irregularly shaped, stained, or cracked, a conservative solution may be found in cosmetic bonding treatment—a simple procedure that can be utilised to repair and refine teeth with minimal, if any, loss to the natural tooth enamel. Cosmetic bonding material is widely used to secure restorations and fill cavities, but it can also be repurposed by our experienced cosmetic dentist to improve the tooth structure for convenient smile enhancement that is achieved with timeliness and ease.
What Can Be Treated with Cosmetic Bonding?
For the right patient, cosmetic bonding can be a simple solution that drastically improves the look of one’s smile. The acrylic resin utilised during treatment is bonded to the tooth and custom-shaded to match seamlessly with your natural tooth colour, offering discreet and natural-looking aesthetic improvement. Dr Mark Hughes can achieve an array of goals with cosmetic bonding, including:
- Repairing minor cracks, chips, and fissures
- Masking tooth stains and discolouration
- Restoring the proportions of a full and healthy tooth shape
- Minimising the appearance of gaps between teeth
- Conservative smile makeovers
Advantages of Cosmetic Bonding:
Cosmetic bonding can carry advantages unique to a minimally invasive procedure. This treatment:
- Is usually completed in one or two office visits
- Rarely creates any discomfort
- Preserves most, if not all, of the natural tooth structure
- Is virtually reversible in most cases
- Is more cost-effective than porcelain veneers or porcelain restorations
Disadvantages of Cosmetic Bonding:
- Not as much of a polished finish when compared to treatments utilising porcelain
- Less resistant to staining when compared to porcelain material
- Require a very high level of skill to execute
- Require more frequent replacement when compared to other treatments
- Creates a less dramatic aesthetic change
- Only suitable for select cases
During a consultation, Dr Hughes can examine your unique needs and determine if you would benefit from cosmetic bonding. If he determines this treatment would not be ideal for your specific case, he may recommend an alternative restorative option, such as porcelain veneers or dental crowns.
What is the Cosmetic Bonding Process Like?
Treatment Sequence (1-3 Weeks)
- Smile Design & Prototyping
- Smile ‘Test Drive’
- Placement of Bonding
- Review, Adjustment, and Fine Polish
The cosmetic bonding process is usually very straightforward. Once it is determined that cosmetic bonding can fulfill your goals for treatment, and you have approved your new smile prototype, we begin to clean and prepare the tooth. This involves applying a solution to the treated tooth in order to create an ideal bonding surface. After the tooth is properly cleaned and prepared for bonding we will meticulously coat the tooth with a thin coat of resin to ensure it adequately fills in the damaged areas. Dr Hughes’ aesthetic expertise is used to sculpt the resin as it hardens to create the desired tooth shape. Lastly, the resin will be colour-matched to your natural tooth enamel for a seamless and polished result. Depending on your unique needs and the number of teeth being treated, the process generally takes approximately one to three hours.
Does Cosmetic Bonding Require Any Maintenance?
Cosmetic bonding is designed to be a durable treatment that can last five to ten years with proper oral hygiene and regular maintenance visits. Much like your natural teeth, the required maintenance is daily brushing and flossing, as well as routine visits to the dental hygienist and regular dental examinations. However, your bonding work is less resistant to staining than porcelain veneers and may need to be retouched or replaced over the coming years. The longevity of your results can be prolonged with good oral hygiene habits, regular teeth whitening, and a diet containing fewer tooth-staining agents.
Do you have any additional questions about cosmetic bonding? To learn more about this treatment, or to schedule a consultation with Dr Hughes, please contact our practice today.