If you have a chipped, slightly misaligned, or otherwise imperfect tooth that needs cosmetic restoration, then dental bonding may be the best solution for you. This is the quickest way for us to fix these types of problems with teeth; we can offer dental bonding in Virginia Beach in just one visit to our office.
Bonding is a good choice to fix just one or a few teeth. If most or all of your teeth need work, then we suggest porcelain veneers as an alternative. If a tooth has structural damage, then it may need a crown, particularly if it’s a back tooth (that needs to withstand the forces of chewing).
How Does Dental Bonding Work?
In the past, you may have had a filling with a tooth-colored material. (The older silver-colored mercury amalgam fillings are no longer used in most modern dental practices, due to concerns with both safety and aesthetics.) Dental bonding uses that same material, which is called composite resin. The difference between bonding and a filling is that, with a filling, the dentist first drills out the infected tooth material and then uses the resin to fill in the hole, while with bonding, the dentist uses the resin on teeth that haven’t been drilled. Your dentist can use bonding to fill in a small gap between teeth, to restore a chipped tooth, or to reshape the appearance of a tooth to create a better-aligned smile.
Dental bonding takes only one visit, and the procedure isn’t painful, so there’s no anesthetic needed. First, a shade of composite resin that matches the color of your tooth is chosen. Next, the resin is applied as a thick liquid in the area where it’s needed. A special light is used to “cure”, or harden, the resin. Last, the dentist can artistically sculpt and polish the restoration, to create exactly the look you want. The entire process typically takes an hour or less per tooth. In just one visit to your dentist, you can enjoy a beautiful new smile!
Is Dental Bonding Right For You?
Cosmetic bonding lasts only 5 to 10 years; eventually, the resin will need to be replaced, requiring another visit. Also, the resin will not discolor, while your natural tooth enamel might acquire stains from coffee, tea, curry, cigarettes, and other substances, so touch-up whitening may be required to keep your natural teeth the same shade as the bonded area.
Dentist in Virginia Beach
If you’re seeking a smile makeover, then dental bonding may be right for you. We offer dental bonding in Virginia Beach, as well as other options for improving your smile, such as porcelain veneers and teeth whitening. To find out which options would work best for your smile, book a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lewis. She will offer you the benefit of her expertise as a cosmetic dentist in Virginia Beach, so you can make the choices that will best help you meet your goals.