Enhancing Your Smile with Enamel Bonding
Cosmetic dentistry procedures can help restore dental imperfections and enhance your smile. Laser bleaching is an example of a cosmetic dentistry procedure that is often used to treat stained teeth. While laser bleaching can help lighten your teeth, it may be unsuitable for the discoloration that is caused by enamel erosion. When your enamel erodes and becomes thin and transparent, it can cause your dentin to show through. Dentin is dark yellow which may give your teeth a stained appearance. For this type of tooth discoloration, your dentist may recommend enamel bonding. In addition to managing tooth discoloration, enamel bonding may also be the right choice for you if you have any of the following.
If your teeth are noticeably uneven, especially the front teeth, bonding may be the best cosmetic dentistry choice for you. During your office visit, your dentist will prepare the bonding agent which is typically a resin-type compound. After the surface of your tooth has been prepared, your dentist will apply it to the tooth and shape it accordingly.
After the bonding material has been applied to your tooth, it will be heat cured with a special type of ultraviolet light. Composite resin can be matched to the color of your teeth to achieve a natural appearance. Enamel bonding usually takes only one office visit and is virtually painless. The results of your bonding procedure can last for years with good oral hygiene habits and regular dental visits.
Structurally Weak Teeth
If your teeth are weak as a result of acid erosion, they may crack or chip. Enamel bonding helps strengthen your teeth so that they remain strong and more resistant to injuries and cracks If you already have cracks in your teeth, dental bonding may help discourage their progression.
Bonding cracked teeth not only enhances the health of the affected teeth but also helps keep the other teeth healthy. Cracked or otherwise damaged teeth may lead to infections, gum disease, and the subsequent shifting of the other teeth. This can lead to bite problems and even tooth loss. Before your dentist bonds your teeth, they will give you a resin color chart so that you can choose the composite tone that is right for you.
If your teeth are discolored, chipped, cracked, or weak, make an appointment with your dentist. They will recommend the right cosmetic dentistry procedure that not only will help enhance your smile but may also help promote better oral health.