In our previous blog, we discussed how professional teeth whitening can remove stains and brighten smiles. But what if you have permanent stains, the kind that doesn’t respond to teeth whitening? What if you have a chipped or misshapen tooth? In today’s blog, your Tucson, AZ, cosmetic dentist discusses how we can address these issues in one visit with dental bonding.
Common Esthetic Issues We Treat With Bonding
Dental bonding involves using the same composite resin we employ in our tooth-colored fillings. Composite resin is a metal-free blend of glass-like and acrylic compounds, offering strength and durability. The material is safe for people of all ages and those with metal allergies. With cosmetic dental bonding, we can mask permanent teeth stains. Also known as intrinsic discoloration, these stains may not respond to teeth whitening at all. In addition, we can close gaps between the teeth and lengthen worn down teeth. We can help reshape teeth, addressing minor chips and cracks and other esthetic issues with a tooth’s shape. We may combine these with other treatment, such as veneers, to offer a total smile makeover.
The Treatment Process
We begin by prepping the material we will use and then cleaning the tooth, removing any decay. Next, we dry the tooth and match the surface. We apply the composite resin in several layers, the etched portions keeping the material in place as we cure it under a light. The dentist will sculpt and mold the tooth as it cures. The final step involves polishing the tooth, which offers a more lifelike appearance. The entire procedure only takes on visit to complete, so you leave same-day with a more attractive and healthier smile. Remember, treating damaged teeth not only improves esthetics, but also prevents tooth decay and infection, as damaged teeth could expose sensitive inner tooth structure to bacteria.
What If My Tooth Needs Contouring?
We have another cosmetic treatment that can be completed in one visit known as contouring. Instead of adding special materials to the teeth, we simply buff and sand the structure to remove pits and grooves, correct overly pointed teeth, and reshape minor damage. If you have any questions about our approach to cosmetic dental care, or if you would like to schedule a consultation and see if you need treatment, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Cosmetic Dentistry?
We can employ cosmetic dentistry to transform a host of esthetic issues, from stained teeth to chipped smiles. For more information on our cosmetic treatment options, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling Dr. Newman’s office in Tucson, AZ, today at 520-296-5439. We’re conveniently located inside the Colonial Verde Dental building, and proudly welcome the residents of all surrounding communities.