Dental Bonding: The Affordable Alternative to Porcelain Veneers
Are you interested in cosmetic dentistry but don’t want to make the investment in porcelain veneers? Luckily your options don’t stop there. There is another solution that can give similar results without depleting your bank account: composite bonding.
What is Dental Bonding?
Bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that uses a resin composite material molded to your tooth. Patients that are unhappy with the appearance of their smile can see a significant change with dental bonding. Like with porcelain veneers, the resin adheres to the front of your teeth. It’s available in many different shades and our Newport Beach cosmetic dentist molds the composite to the desired custom shape.
The Dental Bonding Procedure
The first step in dental bonding is to roughen the surface of the tooth and make the necessary adjustments to allow room for the restoration. Once the tooth is contoured, our cosmetic dentist in Newport Beach will clean the surface area and prep it with a bonding agent to help the material stick. Then we’ll add the composite in the desired shade and shape it, forming a new tooth surface. With that completed, we then use a special light to harden the resin. The final step is to smooth the teeth, put the finishing touches on the shape, and polish your new smile.
Why Choose Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding can do most of the same things that porcelain veneers can do. As we’ve already mentioned, this cosmetic procedure can improve the look of discolored teeth. This really comes in handy when you don’t want to go as far as getting veneers, and whitening systems haven’t helped with your stubborn stains.
If you have some teeth that are too small or too short, bonding can be added to make them bigger and appear more proportionate. Smiles that show slightly crooked teeth, gaps, chipped or jagged teeth can all be improved with this procedure. Composite bonding is also a great solution if you have gum recession and the roots of your teeth show.
How Many Teeth to Get Bonded
When it comes to dental bonding, you can makeover as few or as many teeth as you’d like. Be sure to speak with our cosmetic dentist in Newport Beach about your goals. Dr. Yazdan will help you decide the best treatment.
Perhaps you have “peg laterals,” meaning the teeth on either side of the two middle teeth on your upper arch are small. It’s actually a pretty common condition that can be easily fixed with bonding. The composite material is added to the tooth using a shade the matches your other teeth, and shaped appropriately will give you a uniform smile.
If you’re looking for a more dramatic change, one that will be the most similar to getting a full set of porcelain veneers, bonding may be an option on a case-by-case basis. Most people show anywhere from 6 – 8 teeth when they smile. Therefore, for a complete smile makeover, this is the number of teeth you’ll want to get treated. Our cosmetic dentist in Newport Beach can evaluate your smile and together you can decide if this is the route you want to take.
Prolonging the Life of Your Dental Bonding
If taken care of properly, dental bonding will last several years. However, you should know that it will not last as long as porcelain veneers. To get the most out of your investment, you’ll want to make sure that you have an impeccable at-home oral hygiene routine. Also, regular visits to our cosmetic dentist in Newport Beach for cleanings and exams will keep your mouth stay healthy and your dental work intact.
Other things that you should take into consideration are what you eat and drink. Hard foods like apples or dry granola bars that require you to bite into them can cause your bonding to pop off. When consuming these foods, it’s best to cut it into bite-sized pieces before putting it in your mouth.
Certain drinks like red wine, dark sodas and coffee can stain your dental work so you should try your best to avoid them. If you do partake in one of these beverages, then clean your mouth afterward so the substance doesn’t get absorbed through your bonding.
Smoking is highly discouraged because it significantly compromises the shade of your new teeth. Before getting dental bonding, if you smoke you should let our cosmetic dentist in Newport Beach know.
Think about wearing a nightguard to sleep in, to prevent bonding from chipping off if you grind and clench (brux) your teeth.
Dental Bonding in Newport Beach
If you’re ready to have cosmetic dental bonding, then visit our experienced cosmetic dentist in Newport Beach. Dr. Yazdan and her highly skilled staff can be found at The Center For Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry. We look forward to meeting you!
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