Cosmetic Bonding and Contouring in Prairieville, LA
If you have chipped, broken teeth or gaps that you would like closed then cosmetic bonding and contouring or teeth may be a good conservative choice to restore your teeth.
What is Cosmetic Bonding?
Cosmetic bonding uses composite resin material which is matched to your teeth shade and sculpted chair side by the dentist. Once the resin is shaped to the desired dimensions, a bright blue curing light is used to cause the material to harden so that it may be trimmed and polished. This procedure may be used to repair teeth or to improve a smile by closing spaces or enlarging undersized teeth. Bonding is a common solution to restore undersized “peg lateral” teeth, which are fairly common in the population.
What are the Disadvantages of Cosmetic Bonding?
Bonding is more likely to stain if you’re a smoker or commonly drink red wine, green tea, or coffee. Because the composite material isn’t as strong as the porcelain used in the crowns and veneers material, on average doesn’t last quite as long and will usually need to be replaced sooner.
What are the Advantages of Cosmetic Bonding?
Bonding is more conservative than using a porcelain material such as veneers or crowns because you can often add the material without having to reduce tooth structure. Bonding takes only one dental visit to accomplish and is less costly than other cosmetic options. It can also be done without anesthesia if no tooth preparation or decay removal is necessary for the teeth being treated. Additionally, cosmetic bonding can also be used to “test drive” changes in your smile before committing to a more permanent but irreversible solution such as traditional veneers or porcelain crowns.
What is Contouring?
Contouring refers to the gentle shaping of tooth structure which can improve the appearance of jagged or chipped teeth. Depending on the severity of the chip, this may be a good option.