The teeth which show in the front of your mouth are the smile line or zone. At the office of Dr. Joseph DuRoss in Long Beach, CA, your cosmetic dentist knows how important the smile line is to personal confidence. So, he offers many cosmetic treatments to improve your appearance and self-esteem. An easy and very effective one is dental bonding. Here's what you should know about it.
What is dental bonding?
Also called direct bonding, this aesthetic service remakes small spatial problems (such as gaps), hides pits and craze lines and repairs hairline fractures and chips. Called an additive treatment by Dear Doctor, bonding uses composite resin, the material in tooth-colored fillings, to artistically reshape a variety of aesthetic and structural problems.
Typically applied to front teeth, the resin is layered onto the tooth defect, hardened with a special UV light, and layered again until the dentist achieves the right size and shape. Dr. DuRoss uses sanding techniques and a drill to achieve the final result and then buffs the tooth for a realistic sheen.
Who can get dental bonding?
Your dentist will examine your teeth and determine what aesthetic treatment would best improve your smile appearance. Dental bonding is most appropriate for minor repairs and reshaping--for instance, if your child chips a tooth in a fall or you have a couple of oddly shaped teeth that mar an otherwise pleasing smile.
Overall, bonding costs far less and is easier and quicker than porcelain crowns, porcelain veneers or more complex aesthetic services. Plus, bonding is time-sparing, taking no more than 30 minutes (or less) per tooth and performed right in our Long Beach, CA, office by your dentist.
Other benefits of dental bonding
1. Composite resin mimics natural tooth enamel in color and sheen. Plus, it's relatively durable if you avoid hard foods, such as nuts, and don't stress it with teeth clenching or chewing on your pencil.
2. Bonding is budget-friendly, particularly compared to crowns or veneers.
3. The process requires little to no enamel resurfacing--only a gentle cleaning and etching with a mild acid.
At Joseph DuRoss D.D.S., we can make your smile dreams come true. Come to our Long Beach, CA, office for a friendly consultation with our wonderful cosmetic dentist. Dental bonding may be just what you need. Phone us today for an appointment: (562) 424-8537.