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Does Cosmetic Bonding Ruin Your Enamel?

February 8, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — generations @ 12:43 am

Model of a chipped front toothCosmetic dental bonding is a popular treatment because it offers a lot of bang for your buck. Bonding provides both restorative and cosmetic benefits, so you don’t have to worry about harming your enamel. You can achieve a healthy, attractive smile in one appointment using a completely safe and minimally invasive procedure.

What is Cosmetic Bonding?

Cosmetic bonding is a simple, effective method for treating various issues. A composite resin is shaded to the color of enamel to blend in with a tooth. Its diversity allows it to improve and treat several problems, including:

  • Cavities
  • Exposed tooth roots
  • Stains or discoloration
  • Chips or cracks
  • Short or stubby tooth

How is Cosmetic Bonding Performed?

A consultation with a cosmetic dentist is your first step toward a beautiful smile. They’ll examine your mouth and learn more about your goals to create a personalized treatment plan. You’ll be scheduled for your procedure, which you can expect to take 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the number of teeth you’re treating. If you’re improving several teeth, your dentist may recommend more than one appointment.

Your dentist will clean and dry your tooth before placing a weak acid on it. This won’t harm your tooth. It opens the pores in your enamel to ensure a strong bond. The acid is rinsed and your tooth is dried again before your dentist places the resin on your tooth, which will match the color of your enamel. After the material is molded, a special dental light is used to harden it in a matter of seconds. Your dentist will smooth and polish your tooth to put the final touches on your dazzling new smile.

Benefits of Cosmetic Bonding

There are more options than ever before to enhance your smile, but cosmetic bonding continues to rank among the top procedures. It offers exceptional benefits, not using other methods, including:

  • Biocompatible: The resin is biocompatible, so it is safe and won’t affect your overall wellness.
  • Looks Natural: Only a trained dental professional will know it isn’t part of your natural tooth.
  • Minimally Invasive: You won’t have to alter your teeth permanently to revamp your smile.
  • Durable: Cosmetic bonding can withstand the pressure from chewing. It can last for 5 to 15 years before needing to be replaced.
  • Affordable: Your dental insurance may cover some of the costs if treatment is medically necessary, like fixing a chipped tooth. 

You’ll invest in a confident, beautiful smile to be proud of. You’ll never think twice before showing off your pearly whites.

About Dr. Sarah McSherry

Dr. McSherry earned her dental degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and has regularly pursued training in various specialties, like cosmetic dentistry and dental emergencies. Request an appointment through her website or call her office at (603) 225-6331.

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