There are many different dental treatments available to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile. Teeth that are damaged either structurally or by staining and discolouration can be restored using veneers or whitening treatments. It is also possible to use orthodontic straightening devices to realign teeth that are crooked. However, one of the most versatile and commonly used cosmetic dental procedures is known as cosmetic bonding.
Cosmetic bonding has been used for a long time in dentistry because of its versatility and ability to transform the smile in a single visit. It is made from a composite resin that can be mixed up to closely resemble the colour of the existing teeth of the patient for an impressive cosmetic result. Cosmetic bonding is commonly used for filling dental cavities or replacing the old fashioned and controversial silver amalgam fillings. It is also used for restoring broken or chipped teeth, closing or evening up spaces between teeth and for covering areas of discolouration.
Cosmetic bonding is very popular for fillings because it has a much better cosmetic appearance than silver amalgam fillings, which can look very unattractive in the mouth. Although bonding is not ideal for use in large areas, it can be used in small cavities and also to hold a ceramic inlay in place. It is also completely safe to use unlike the silver amalgam fillings, which contain mercury vapours that can damage the body. Many patients are opting to have their old silver amalgam fillings replaced with composite bonding for these reasons.
Before cosmetic bonding takes place anywhere on the teeth, the surface of the area on question will need to be etched or roughened to allow for greater grip. The bonding is then applied and made solid using the heat of a dental laser. This makes the bonding firm offering protection and aesthetic improvement to the teeth. Find out more about composite bonding at a Colchester dentist. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford