Dental patients who are unsatisfied with the appearance of their smiles can talk to their dentist about cosmetic dental options. Patients can enhance their smiles in an effective and affordable way with tooth bonding.
Bonding can create a natural, beautiful look for your smile with one appointment. Dr. Sahil Goyal, a dentist in Columbia, MD, explains this cosmetic dentistry treatment and responds to questions about tooth bonding.
Cosmetic Tooth Bonding FAQs
Do I Need Cosmetic Tooth Bonding?
Cosmetic tooth bonding can help dental patients who want to boost the appearance of their smiles. Tooth bonding amends the following dental concerns:
- Whitening discolored teeth
- Amending minor chips and cracks in teeth
- Filling gaps between teeth
- Reshaping short or broken teeth
- Fixing cavities or tooth decay
Major tooth damage will require restorative dental work, but minor and cosmetic changes can be addressed with tooth bonding. Your dentist can determine if this treatment would work well for you during a consultation.
What Is the Bonding Procedure Like?
If your dentist determines tooth bonding is right for you, your dentist will first clean your teeth and complete any necessary dental work to prepare your teeth for treatment. The procedure is painless, though your dentist might provide you with a local anesthetic for optimal comfort.
Your dentist will remove some of your tooth enamel to help the bonding adhere to your teeth. Then the dentist will apply a resin-like substance to your teeth and sculpt it according to your aesthetic goals.
The dentist will use concentrated light to polish the resin and finish the process. You will be able to return home to your normal activities directly after the procedure.
What Results Can I Expect?
You will notice a cosmetic enhancement in your smile immediately. These results should last for three to ten years with proper oral hygiene practices.
This cosmetic treatment is not permanent, but if you notice the results start to fade, you can talk to your dentist about touch-up appointments to prolong the aesthetic benefits.
You will be able to eat and drink as you normally would without side effects. Some patients notice slight tooth sensitivity during the first 48 hours of the bonding procedure, but these symptoms will fade.
Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments in Columbia, MD
Columbia Family Dentist offers tooth bonding and other cosmetic dentistry treatments to patients in Columbia, MD. Dr. Goyal also specializes in restorative and general dentistry for patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment or consultation with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 410.670.8211.