When you visit your Ankeny, IA dentist, you may hear a reference to “restorative” and “cosmetic” procedures. A restorative procedure fixes something, for instance, a filling can restore a tooth to health, if it is suffering from a cavity. The most common cosmetic dental procedure is teeth-whitening, which brightens a smile that is otherwise healthy. Dental bonding can be used for both restorative and cosmetic procedures. An office consultation can help you and your dentist determine if bonding could benefit your smile.
Restorative Bonding is a Good Fix For…
Teeth that are chipped can sometimes be repaired with dental bonding. Your dentist will prepare the special bonding material with a tint that precisely matches your natural color. The bonding material is also formulated to reflect light much as natural tooth enamel does. The patch is applied to the tooth and then hardened with a special light. It can then be carefully polished and sculpted to exactly restore the chipped tooth. Bonding can also restore some cracks, and it can sometimes fill in small areas when gums have receded, beginning to expose a sensitive tooth root.
Cosmetic Bonding is Good Fix For…
When a tooth is otherwise healthy, bonding can be used for a cosmetic improvement in how the tooth looks in your smile. For example, if you have a diastema (a space between two teeth) that concerns you, your dentist maybe able to carefully bond material to the sides of one or both teeth, to narrow the gap. Cosmetic bonding can also help bring symmetry to smile when teeth are different lengths, or slightly different sizes. Bonding can be applied over discolored tooth areas, when surface whitening treatments will not be affective.
Is Dental Bonding the Solution That Suits Your Need?
If you are interested in discussing dental bonding, or any other tooth concern, it is time to visit us. Call us for a dental checkup in Ankeny, IA at contacting Dental Impressions to schedule a visit at (515) 965-0230.