Should You Get Cosmetic Bonding?

Omaha, NE dentist offers cosmetic bonding services

In our last blog, we mentioned that professional teeth whitening may be able to help you brighten your smile. This can be great for patients whose grins have become discolored over time due to coffee, tea, and other drinks or foods. However, if the staining has occurred internally, whitening will not be able to target the problem. Luckily, Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, offers bonding as well, which can disguise blemishes using a conservative approach.

Disguise Blemishes With Composite Resin

Cosmetic bonding is a way to help achieve a more even-appearing smile by hiding blemished or discolored areas. To do this, we use composite resin. This is the same material that is often used for dental fillings when you have cavities. It is able to match the color of your teeth, easily bondable, and highly durable. This is a great option for patients who have intrinsic stains that cannot be lifted with professional teeth whitening. These internal stains may be caused by trauma, fluoride overuse, genetics, and more. Unfortunately, having an imperfect grin may lead you to feel self-conscious or not want to show off your pearly whites. With this conservative method of covering your blemishes, you can have a near-perfect smile.

Pair It With Contouring

Bonding can be done on its own, or other services can be done with it. A common treatment done with it is contouring. This is the process of reshaping the tooth and is great for many reasons. If you have slightly misshapen, jagged, or overlapping teeth, this can help achieve a more uniform look. While reshaping your teeth may seem a bit intimidating, this process is fairly conservative, and only the necessary amounts will be removed. The process is similar to what happens when your teeth are prepared for veneers, only at a less invasive level. If your smile is uneven, but the problem is not severe enough to need to go through the orthodontic process, this may be a helpful solution for you.

How Long Do These Treatments Last?

These cosmetic enhancements can be done in a single appointment and can have long-lasting results. Contouring is permanent, as shaving your enamel is an irreversible process. The composite resin used for bonding can last for many years with proper care. Once you have gone through the treatment, it is important to know that you will still need to maintain your smile with an oral hygiene routine. Bonding should last for several years, but if the composite resin is worn down, more can be added to the area.

Ask Your Dentist About This Cosmetic Treatment Option

If you are interested in bonding, contouring, or another esthetic enhancement, Call Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE at (402)330-2243 to schedule your appointment.