Is Composite Resin Bonding Right for You?
From staining to chipped, cracked, and worn teeth, there are many ways in which a smile may lose its lustre over the years. Even if teeth are healthy overall, one or more cosmetic flaws can easily detract from someone’s confidence in their smile and thus their appearance.
Among aesthetic dental procedures, only a few can match cosmetic dental bonding in terms of the immediate of result and aesthetic improvement. As an alternative to treatments such as porcelain veneers, cosmetic tooth bonding offers similarly outstanding results. While tooth bonding may not last as long or be as natural looking as porcelain veneers, it is definitely value for money.
Cosmetic dental bonding uses thin layers of composite resin material to conceal defects or fill them in, depending on their type, placement, and severity. Because composite resin is similar to enamel in both appearance and durability, it is a great way to cover up or fix individual flaws in teeth. Although teeth bonding can be seen as partially restorative, since it can build upon and replace damaged tissue, it is primarily cosmetic in nature.
The best candidates for bonding are individuals who have healthy teeth and do not expect to undergo restorative treatment in the near future. A cavity, for instance, will likely require the removal of tooth tissue and any restorations with it. We therefore encourage our patients to first ensure good oral and dental health before seeking cosmetic enhancements such as bonding.
Pros; cosmetic Dental bonding is one of the most common and least expensive of cosmetic dentistry procedures. It can usually be done in one short office visit unless multiple teeth are involved. Another advantage to bonding is that compared to veneers and crowns, it requires little to no removal of tooth enamel. Most procedures involving dental bonding do not require anaesthesia.
Cons: The material used in the bonding technique are not as strong as your real teeth, so biting on fingernails or chewing on pens can actually chip the material. Bonding only lasts a few years before it needs to be repaired and is not as strong as other restorative procedures, such as crowns, veneers, or fillings. It is also not as stain resistant as crowns.
If you would like more information about dental bonding as well as your many other options out there for enhancing the beauty of your smile, be sure to contact the Cosmetic Dentists at Lane Ends Dental Practice on 01772 - 726932 today. Our entire team here looks forward to helping you make the best possible decisions about your dental health and wellness.
Are you always unhappy with your pictures? Do you avoid having your photos taken? It could be true for several people who are not happy with their teeth, which one of the most important and noticeable facial features. The two most common reasons for a person to hide their smile are:
- They may not like the look of their teeth
- They may have undesirable gaps between some teeth.
Irrespective of the reason, our cosmetic dentist would have several different treatment options that could help improve the condition of your teeth. In fact, the earlier you consult a cosmetic dentist, the better. He or she can give you a detailed analysis of what is wrong and what treatments could be undertaken to correct the situation.
Some of the most common corrective cosmetic dentistry procedures to get a smile makeover include:
1- Porcelain Veneers or Crowns for Gaps in Teeth
A common problem with majority of the patients who are worried about their smile is ‘gaps’. At times, people are born with such gaps in their teeth – that is, the problem is genetic. A gap could sometimes indicate a requirement for orthodontia and at other times they occur as a result of teeth which have been lost or damaged.
In both kinds of situations, dental treatments can help minimise or remove the gap completely. In most cases, we would recommend porcelain crowns or porcelain veneers to fill up the space.
2- Dental Implants for Missing Teeth
Some people are shy to smile because of big and unattractive spaces, which are visible in the mouth. These are usually due to some missing teeth. Cosmetic dentists may be able to resolve this problem with dental implants, which could greatly improve your smile. A bridge may also be used to fill up an awkward space.
3- Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is one of the most common and affordable cosmetic dentistry treatments. It is a fast, painless and inexpensive means of transforming your smile and making you look younger and healthier. Tooth discolouration can be caused by smoking, drinking coffee, eating some foods, or simply as a result of the natural aging process.
Bleaching, or whitening, teeth to a lighter, natural, shade can promote a more youthful look, and there are many teeth whitening products and treatments available. The most effective, long-lasting and safe methods of teeth whitening are performed by cosmetic dentists.
4- Gum Lifts
Also known as a gingivectomy, a gum lift is a cosmetic dentistry procedure where the gums are reshaped to result in a more aesthetically pleasing smile. In most cases, people will choose a gum lift if they have a ‘gummy’ smile, where the gums have not fully receded after the adult teeth erupt, or in cases where people’s lips allow a lot of gum to show when they smile.
Gum lifts are generally only needed on the front teeth – as these are more visible when smiling and speaking – and technological dentistry advancements have ensured that gum lift treatments are now far less invasive and painful than they have been in the past. Nowadays, cosmetic dentistry professionals use lasers to reshape the gums, resulting in minimal bleeding, and faster healing times.