What Is Cosmetic Bonding?
By Lynch Dental Center
March 15, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Have you perfected your Mona Lisa smile due to a few cosmetic issues with your teeth? Thanks to cosmetic bonding, you can change thedental bonding little things you don't like about your smile. Our River Forest and Chicago, IL, dentists, Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Frances Lynch Dental Center, explain how bonding works and how it's used.

Bonding is a simple procedure

Cosmetic bonding involves adding composite resin, a flexible mixture of powdered glass and plastic to your teeth, to correct minor flaws or repair damage. Before we apply the bonding material, we'll etch your tooth lightly and apply a conditioning liquid that will help the material adhere to your teeth. After the composite resin is shaped, it's exposed to a curing light that hardens it.

Cosmetic bonding is a versatile solution

During your visit to our River Forest or Chicago office, we may recommend bonding if you're concerned about an imperfection in your tooth enamel. Chips, cracks, and uneven surfaces can all be concealed by adding a little composite resin to your tooth. In some cases, bonding can even be used to reattach small chips. If the broken part of your tooth is large, you'll probably need a crown instead.

Is one of your teeth darker or a little speckled? Discoloration can occur if you took the antibiotic tetracycline as a child, experienced a tooth injury, were exposed to too much fluoride or took certain chemotherapy medications. Because composite resin is tinted to match common tooth shades, your tooth will blend right in after bonding.

Bonding can completely transform a tooth. It's an excellent solution if a tooth is too short, pointed, crooked, or has an unusual shape. Bonding is often combined with reshaping, a procedure that changes the shape of a tooth by removing very small amounts of tooth enamel.

You may be reluctant to share your smile with the world if you have gaps between your teeth. Filling slight gaps with bonding is a simple solution that can significantly improve your smile.

Thanks to cosmetic bonding, you'll find plenty of reasons to smile. Schedule an appointment with Drs. John, Sheila, or Frances Lynch at Lynch Dental Center by calling (708) 366-6411 for the River Forest, IL, office or (312) 263-3235 for the Chicago office.