Cosmetic dentistry can frighten some people and not just because it involves a visit or the dentist. The price of many cosmetic dentistry treatments has, for many years, simply been beyond the reach of many people. For those with badly discoloured teeth, the tantalising thought of a set of porcelain veneers is ruined by a price tag they simply cannot afford.
However, there is one cosmetic dental treatment that is both affordable and very effective. Cosmetic bonding, also known simply as dental bonding, is the skilful application of a composite resin to various areas of the teeth to improve both their shape and their colour. Cosmetic bonding is a very versatile treatment that can improve the appearance of teeth in many ways.
It can be added to broken or decayed teeth to restore the cosmetic appearance as well as prevent any further damage. It is also widely used to replace the more controversial silver amalgam fillings that have traces of mercury. Bonding can also be used to repair small chips and cracks that occur as a result of dental trauma.
Cosmetic bonding is also widely used to treat teeth that are affected by staining or discolouration. Any discoloured patches are covered by a thin layer of dental bonding, mixed to closely match the appearance of the rest of the enamel. This can be used on one or all of the teeth depending on the patient.
The application process involves putting the bonding into the desired area and manipulating it to the most pleasing position. When satisfied, your Bristol dentist will then set the bonding hard with the heat of a dental laser. The bonded area will then be polished and buffed to resemble tooth enamel, leaving you with healthier looking teeth.