There are many extremely complex and visually stunning cosmetic dentistry procedures that can be used to restore the appearance of the teeth. But just like most things in life, it is the simple solution that is usually the best. Treatments such as dental veneers and porcelain crowns can have stunning effects on the teeth and completely change the appearance of a smile, but it even these depend upon the old faithful cosmetic bonding.
Cosmetic bonding is made from a composite resin and is very durable when set hard. The uses for cosmetic bonding are varied and manifold and it plays a part in almost all cosmetic treatments. In fact, cosmetic bonding is so important in modern dentistry there are even dentists who specialise solely in its use.
Before use, the Gloucester dentist will prepare the bonding by mixing it to the right consistency and colour to match the other teeth. They will then prepare the tooth that requires the bonding by etching it and making the surface rough so that the bonding will grip firm. It is then skilfully applied and moulded into the desired shape. The intense heat of a dental laser is then used to make the bonding solid.
The most common uses for bonding are as material for fillings (replacing the old controversial silver amalgam fillings), as a form of teeth whitening by covering areas of discolouration with thin applications and also to repair chipped and worn tooth enamel to restore its shape.
The other major bonus of using composite bonding is that it is very affordable when compared to other treatments such as porcelain veneers and crowns. Durable and effective, dental bonding is the unsung hero of the dental world but could be just the treatment you are looking for to improve the appearance of your smile.