What is cosmetic bonding?Cosmetic bonding is the process of applying either a resin or a veneer to your teeth in order to achieve a more uniform smile. Note that you do not have to have anything wrong with your teeth to have this done. While cosmetic bonding is sometimes done after work has been done that has left a tooth uneven or discolored, you can have the procedure done even if you just want to change the appearance of your smile. Dental bonding can help change things like the color, shape, size, length, and even width of your teeth in order to create the look that you are hoping for.
How does cosmetic bonding work?There are a few different types of bonding to keep in mind. Tooth bonding is the first step and consists of us applying a composite resin to the tooth or teeth that you would like to see altered. This resin is dyed to reach the desired color, and can be minutely altered into the right shape. This kind of resin is moldable at first, and then we will bond it permanently in place after the desired look is achieved.
Another kind of cosmetic bonding is known as veneer bonding. This is a particularly popular form of cosmetic bonding where you have a veneer, usually porcelain, but sometimes composite, bonded to the surfaces of your teeth. Note that this procedure is a little bit more involved than tooth bonding with a composite resin, and can take longer to apply as a result. Veneers can yield an incredible smile that will last for many years to come, however, and the time is almost certainly worth it.
How long does cosmetic bonding take?Cosmetic bonding with resin can often be completed in one office visit. When it comes to porcelain veneers, however, the process will span multiple office visits. We must take a mold of your teeth before the veneers can be created, and the surface of your teeth will need to be prepared before the veneers can actually be bonded into place.
How long does cosmetic bonding last?If you take care of your cosmetic bonding, whether it be veneer or composite in nature, you should be able to enjoy them for over a decade.
Are you interested in learning more about your cosmetic bonding options? Give us a call at (210) 598-8933 today to discuss our services!