What is Cosmetic Bonding?
By Knutson Family Dentistry
January 31, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Can a simple procedure like cosmetic bonding finally improve the appearance of your smile?dental bonding

Do you hate that small chip in your front tooth? Or do you wish you could close up that small gap between your teeth? Perhaps you have a small discoloration that teeth whitening won’t be able to treat. If you are dealing with minor issues that affect the appearance of your smile but not how it functions, then our Vermillion, SD, general dentists, Drs. Richard and Matthew Knutson, may be able to recommend cosmetic bonding for tackling your more subtle dental problems.

What is cosmetic bonding?

During this simple, non-invasive procedure our Vermillion cosmetic dentist will place a moldable resin over one or more teeth to mask small aesthetic flaws. This resin is the same resin used to fill a cavity. Of course, since there is no decay present and the sole purpose of this bonding treatment is for cosmetic rather than restorative enhancement, we won’t need to administer anesthesia or use a dental drill like we would if you were getting a dental filling.

When is cosmetic bonding used?

This is a great treatment option for anyone who is looking to fix a chipped, fractured or discolored tooth. It may also be used to lengthen a tooth that has been worn down and fill small gaps between teeth. Cosmetic bonding is also ideal for anyone looking to make subtle changes to the color, size or shape of one or more teeth. It’s important to keep in mind that because dental bonding is a non-invasive approach to changing your smile it won’t be able to fix more severe imperfections like large gaps between teeth or malformations.

How is dental bonding applied to teeth?

Once we determine that you are the ideal candidate for this cosmetic treatment we will apply this putty-like tooth-colored resin over the area or areas of the tooth that you want to correct. We will then begin to contour and shape the resin until we have the perfect look. Once the resin has been perfectly molded we will then harden it with a laser. With one final polish, your new tooth is good as new!

Does cosmetic bonding sound like exactly what you’ve been looking for in Vermillion, SD? If so, trust your smile to the experts at Knutson Family Dentistry to get the smile you’ve always wanted with cosmetic dentistry.