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Tooth Bonding’s Role in Cosmetic Dentistry

Updated: Feb 27, 2020

Some cosmetic dental treatments are popular enough to be recognized by most people, such as professional teeth-whitening. However, when less common issues affect your smile’s appearance and require more direct treatment, you also have a wider range of cosmetic dental choices than you may have realized for addressing them. For example, cosmetic tooth bonding is a conservative treatment option that can help you improve several different aspects of a tooth’s appearance, depending on its specific issue. At our Columbia, TN, dental office, we may recommend cosmetic tooth bonding to help improve your smile in a convenient and minimally invasive manner.

Improving the appearance of your teeth

The main focus of any cosmetic dental treatment is to improve one or more blemishes that affect your smile’s appearance. Some blemishes may be purely cosmetic, such as surface teeth stains, while others may indicate a concern for the health and integrity of your smile. While improving the appearance of one or more teeth, your treatment will also focus on helping you preserve a maximum amount of your healthy, natural tooth structure. Tooth bonding, which means bonding tooth-colored composite resin to your tooth, is often an ideal solution for both improving and preserving your tooth. The procedure is minimally invasive, so it requires little or no permanent alterations to your tooth structure.

Repairing minor damage to your teeth

While the goal of tooth bonding is to improve a tooth’s appearance, the blemish that affects the tooth may also be one that impacts the health and strength of its structure. For instance, if the tooth is worn down, chipped, or cracked, then the damage to it can make the tooth weaker and more susceptible to further damage. Depending on the current extent of the damage, we may be able to repair it and improve the tooth’s overall appearance with carefully placed cosmetic tooth bonding. In addition to creating highly lifelike results that blend in almost seamlessly with your smile, bonding a tooth can also repair minor tooth damage and improve its ability to function properly.

Keeping cosmetic treatment minimally invasive

The best way to preserve your healthy, natural tooth structure is to not change it or alter it with dental treatment. Depending on your specific tooth issues, this may not be completely possible. For instance, if you need a dental crown to address severe tooth damage, then placing it will require preparing the tooth by sculpting a large amount of its main structure. However, bonding resin to your tooth doesn’t require that the tooth be sculpted or altered. Light etching may be done on the surface of the tooth’s enamel in order to promote a stronger and more resilient bond with the resin, though this doesn’t affect the health and integrity of the tooth or its enamel.

Learn if you can benefit from cosmetic tooth bonding

With cosmetic tooth bonding, your cosmetic dental treatment may be able to accomplish more for your smile, and with less effort, than you might expect. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.

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