Cosmetic bonding is an effective and straightforward cosmetic dentistry treatment option that can address a variety of superficial problems with your smile. Dental bonding uses a tooth-colored resin composite material to re-shape the surface of your teeth. Once applied, this bonding material is hardened with a curing lamp, and then polished to create a natural-looking appearance.
To find out if tooth bonding is an effective solution for enhancing the appearance of your smile, please call The Office of Dr. Bellisario in Ardmore at 610-642-7024 today.
When to Use Cosmetic Bonding
Cosmetic dental bonding is most often used to address the following problems:
- Lightly chipped teeth
- Overly small teeth
- Small gaps between teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Slightly misshapen teeth
The bonding material is also used to create white fillings in the treatment of cavities and tooth decay.
Pros and Cons of Cosmetic Bonding
Cosmetic bonding is an appealing option for some patients because it is more affordable than other cosmetic dentistry treatments, such as porcelain veneers. Another main advantage of bonding is that no tooth reduction is required, meaning you preserve more of your teeth’s natural structure, and usually do not need any anesthesia.
However, dental bonding does have its limits. Bonding does not last as long as porcelain veneers; over time, it will absorb stains and start to chip. Porcelain veneers typically last up to 15 years, while dental bonding can last anywhere from 7 to 8 years.
Still, the efficiency and simplicity of cosmetic bonding make it a valuable solution for common cosmetic dental problems. In order to qualify for a bonding procedure, you should be free of gum disease, and your teeth should only have superficial damage. Moderate to severe damage may require the use of dental crowns instead.
If you have further questions about dental bonding, please contact The Office of Dr. Bellisario by filling out the form on this page or call 610-642-7024 today to schedule your personal consultation. We welcome patients from Ardmore, Havertown, Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square, and the rest of the Main Line area of Pennsylvania.