Cosmetic bonding is similar to tooth-colored fillings in that Dr. Alani can apply liquid composite resin directly to teeth in order to hide common imperfections that can develop over time. This includes issues like chips, cracks, misshapen teeth, permanent stains that can’t be resolved with teeth whitening, and even small gaps in between teeth.
To perform treatment, Dr. Alani starts by discussing your smile concerns in great detail and examining the teeth you’d like to address. From there, she creates a composite resin that is shaded to blend in with your tooth's natural shade and color. This resin will then be directly applied to your tooth and molded to fix the imperfection. Finally, the resin is hardened with a special curing light, then artistically sculpted and polished to look as natural as possible.
Not only can cosmetic bonding be completed in a single appointment in most cases, but the process is quick and virtually painless to complete. Compared to other dental treatments, it’s a fantastic way to get into cosmetic dentistry and achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of having without making dramatic changes to your existing enamel. This is especially ideal for those who want to make changes to their smile’s appearance, but aren’t interested in the permanent alterations that comes with completing treatments like veneers.
Furthermore, cosmetic bonding is surprisingly versatile at resolving multiple issues at the same time, helping you save money on more expensive treatments that could be out of reach.
Cosmetic bonding can be a viable, affordable alternative to porcelain veneers, but it lasts only 5 to 10 years with proper care. This means you’ll need to take the time to perform daily oral hygiene to keep the bonding material well-protected. By brushing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing at least once a day, you can prevent the bonding material from becoming damaged during day-to-day use.
You should also visit our office at least once every six months to complete a thorough exam. Dr. Alani will review your altered teeth and confirm they are looking as natural as they were the day the cosmetic treatment was performed. Bonding will not discolor as your natural tooth enamel will, so touch-up teeth whitening may be required to keep your natural teeth the same shade as the bonded area.