If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile, you can enhance your teeth with cosmetic dental bonding. This treatment is easy, affordable, and effective, and you can notice immediate benefits.
A consultation with your dentist can determine if this treatment is ideal for your dental needs, but you can learn more from an expert here. Dr. Justin Deckard, a dentist in Washington, DC, responds to frequently asked questions about cosmetic dental bonding treatment.
How Can Cosmetic Tooth Bonding Help Me?
Tooth bonding is a cosmetic dental treatment used to improve the appearance of your smile. The specific capabilities of this procedure are included below:
- Repairing minor tooth breakage
- Filling gaps between teeth
- Whitening discolored teeth
- Reshaping irregular teeth
More severe damage or alterations may require restorative dental treatments, but bonding can help with the above concerns in the smiles of patients of all ages.
What is the Bonding Process Like?
If you and your dentist determine that tooth bonding is the ideal treatment for you, your dentist will begin the procedure by lightly etching into the surface of the affected teeth to help the bonding adhere to the enamel. Your dentist may provide you with a local anesthetic to ensure optimal comfort during the process.
The dentist will then apply the resin-like material to your teeth, shaping them according to your smile aesthetic goals. The resin is designed to suit your ideal tooth color for a natural look.
The process concludes with your dentist using concentrated light to harden the resin and then polishing your teeth for a beautiful finish. You will be able to return home directly after your appointment.
What Results Can I Expect?
You will notice cosmetic enhancement to your smile immediately following your dental bonding procedure. Your dentist will ask you not to eat for at least an hour after your appointment to ensure the bonding adheres properly to your teeth.
Bonding is not a permanent treatment, but you can enjoy cosmetic benefits for three to ten years with proper oral hygiene and dental care. You can reach out to your dentist about touch-up appointments if you notice effects beginning to fade.
Visit a Cosmetic Dentist in Washington, DC
DC Precision Dentistry offers tooth bonding and other cosmetic dentist treatments to patients in Washington, DC. Dr. Deckard also specializes in restorative, implant, and general dentistry for patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 202.851.7554.