There are people who have a great many cosmetic dental needs, and if this is you, we have solutions. That doesn’t mean that people with less obvious physical problems should be left out. Perhaps there’s just that one nagging little flaw that still makes you feel uncomfortable showing your teeth when you smile. Minor dental issues (stains or chips) only require a minor cosmetic fix. For many people who come to consult with Des Moines cosmetic dentist, Dr. Stephen Burds, this might mean dental bonding.
A New Use for Tooth-Colored Fillings
Composite-resin is the material which we use for tooth-colored dental fillings. This material is color-matched to your smile, and restores and protects a decaying tooth. The material is also used in a cosmetic procedure called dental bonding. Composite-resin catalyzes a chemical reaction which allows the material to basically become a part of your tooth anatomy. For a small chip, crack, a minor overlap, or localized staining, dental bonding can give you a flaw-free smile without the commitment of full dental veneers or crowns.
Caring for Bonded Teeth
If you think about repairs to inanimate objects, you don’t always have to do an entire renovation. If a wall chips, you can buy materials from the hardware store to cover over that one spot without having to paint the entire room. Dental bonding is similar in that way, allowing a very economical solution to those tiny smile flaws. Once the composite-resin has been applied to your teeth, it is hardened with a curing light to match the physical qualities of your natural teeth and stand up to the wear and tear which smiles go through. Treat bonded teeth just like natural teeth. Avoid bad habits that might chip your bonding material, and clean them twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste. Don’t forget to floss.
Experienced Smile Improvement in Des Moines
To learn more about improving your smile’s appeal, or to find out which method is best for your situation, schedule a consultation with your Des Moines family dentist by calling Gateway Dental Group at (515) 244-9565. We welcome patients from River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and neighboring communities.