Achieve a More Uniform Smile with Dental Bonding
Dental bonding can improve the aesthetics of a smile compromised by minor cosmetic blemishes such as chips, cracks, or discoloration. During treatment, Drs. Brett Helton and Alexis M. Gibbs can sculpt a tooth-colored composite resin over teeth, revealing a more uniform appearance. This cost-effective solution is less invasive than porcelain veneers, as it does not require any alternation of your natural teeth. However, it can produce dramatic results. At our office in Columbus, GA, we are proud to provide our patients with personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique goals.
What Can Treatment Address?
Dental bonding is a versatile treatment that can address a variety of cosmetic concerns, including:
- Chipped teeth: Whether your tooth chipped on account of an injury, fall, or accident, treating it promptly can improve aesthetics and protect your smile from further damage.
- Discolored teeth: Not all stains respond to professional teeth whitening. Dental bonding can be used to address more stubborn cases of discoloration. It can also be used to mask stains that develop as a result of braces.
- Gapped or misshapen teeth: Composite resin can be used to close gaps between teeth or improve the appearance of misshapen teeth.
- Fractured teeth: Dental bonding can conceal small fractures caused by bruxism (teeth grinding), injury, or biting down on hard objects.
Bonding can also be incorporated into a custom smile makeover for even more comprehensive results.
The Bonding Process
The first step is to schedule a consultation at our practice to determine whether this treatment is right for you. Dr. Helton or Dr. Gibbs can examine your teeth and diagnose any health concerns that may need to be addressed prior to treatment. In order to qualify for dental bonding, you should be in good oral health and free from issues such as periodontal disease.
This cost-effective solution is less invasive than porcelain veneers, as it does not require any alternation of your natural teeth.
During your visit, your doctor can also review your aesthetic goals and expectations for treatment. If bonding is appropriate for your needs, we can begin preparing for the procedure.
Your doctor can carefully select a shade of resin that matches your teeth. It is important to keep in mind that if you are planning to whiten your smile, you should do so before undergoing a bonding procedure. We can then apply an etching solution to the teeth as well as a bonding agent.
Composite bonding requires an artistic eye and precision to deliver optimal results. After apply the composite resin to the surface of your teeth, we can carefully shape the material until it blends with the natural aesthetics of your smile. Using a special light, we can then cure the material in place.
As a final step, we will closely examine your teeth to ensure your bite remains undisturbed and your smile symmetrical. At this point, we can trim portions of the bonding material as needed. We can then polish your smile to add the finishing touches.
Find Out More About Dental Bonding
If you wish to conceal minor cosmetic imperfections without committing to a more invasive treatment, dental bonding may be the solution. To find out if you are a candidate, we invite you to schedule a consultation at our practice. You may contact us online anytime or call us at (706) 563-3225.