When you catch a glimpse of your reflection in the mirror, are your eyes drawn to your less than perfect teeth? Do minor gaps, stains, and chips detract from the overall beauty of your smile? Fortunately, Dr. Hal M. Lippard offers the perfect solution, known as cosmetic bonding. This quick, noninvasive treatment is ideal for patients who want to kiss minor smile flaws goodbye. To learn more about cosmetic bonding in Charlottesville and its benefits, just keep reading below.
Cosmetic bonding is one of our most popular elective dental procedures due to its effective, conservative, and affordable nature. It utilizes a substance called composite resin, which is actually the same material we use in tooth-colored fillings. The resin is putty-like in quality and therefore highly malleable. It can be customized to match the shade of your existing enamel and improve a tooth’s size, shape, color, and proportion.
One major benefit of cosmetic bonding is its versatility. It can be used to correct a wide variety of dental imperfections, such as dark stains that don’t respond to teeth whitening treatment. For chipped or cracked teeth, it’s often considered the ideal solution. It can make your teeth appear longer to fix a “gummy smile.” In some cases, it can even close small gaps between your teeth as an alternative to orthodontic treatment.
If you want to improve the appearance of your smile but don’t want to permanently alter your teeth with veneers, you might be a candidate for cosmetic bonding. This minimally invasive treatment can provide you with long-lasting and natural-looking results.
After your consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Charlottesville, you can expect your bonding procedure to only take one appointment. First, we use a shade guide to determine the exact color of the resin we’re going to apply.
After we clean your tooth, we lightly etch the surface. We then apply a condition liquid to help the resin better adhere to your enamel. Layer by layer, we apply the resin to your tooth until the imperfection essentially disappears. An ultraviolet light is then used to harden the material into place.
Once the resin is hardened, we trim, smooth, reshape, and polish the tooth to ensure your smile looks and feels perfect. Depending on how many teeth we’re treating, your appointment should last an hour or less.
Some of the advantages of cosmetic bonding include:
Are you ready to say goodbye to aesthetic imperfections in your smile? Then give us a call to book your consultation and discover whether cosmetic bonding is right for you!