Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Beauty of Bonding

Many of the techniques used to repair and improve your smile require artistic ability on the part of the cosmetic dentist, since the work is done freehand. Composite tooth bonding is one such technique.  It can work wonders for your smile if it is done right.

Cosmetic Bonding

Dental bonding can repair cracked, chipped, and discolored teeth.  The same material can also be used to replace silver amalgam fillings. Cosmetic bonding can repair misaligned teeth, providing a straighter and more confident smile.

Tooth Bonding Procedure Cost, Care, and Advantages

Tooth bonding is quick, affordable, relatively painless, and long lasting. Bonding involves the layering-on of a strong composite resin which is precisely color-matched to your teeth. After each layer is applied, it's hardened with a special, high-intensity light. When enough resin layers are applied, hardened and bonded, the tooth is sculpted and polished to a comfortable, natural-looking result.

Although porcelain veneers are most often considered the state of the art for cosmetic dentistry, bonding with composite resin can often times satisfy a cosmetic need for a fraction of the cost.

Dental bonding can be considered:
·         to repair decayed teeth (composite resins are used to fill cavities)
·         to repair chipped or cracked teeth
·         to improve the appearance of discolored teeth
·         to close spaces between teeth
·         to make teeth look longer
·         to change the shape of teeth
·         as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
·         to protect a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed when gums recede

Anesthesia is often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. If you are using bonding for cosmetic repair the surface of the tooth will be roughened and a conditioning liquid applied. Then the tooth-colored, puttylike resin is applied, molded and smoothed to the desired shape. A visible  light or laser is used to harden the material and that’s when the artistry kicks in – your dentist has to shape  and sculpt your new tooth by hand.
It takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete and can range between $250 to $500.

Author Bio:
Dr. Steven Goldy, DDS is a cosmetic dentist practicing in Beverly Hills. His approach to cosmetic dentistry is founded in his belief that everyone deserves to have the best possible oral health and a confident smile. You reach Dr. Goldy at 310 550 1511. His office is located at 416 N. Bedford Center in Beverly Hills, California. Learn more at http://www.stevengoldydds.com 

Creating Confident Smiles
416 N. Bedford drive, suite 409
Beverly Hills, CA  90210

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