Cosmetic bonding has been used for many years in cosmetic dentistry to transform smiles. The process involves using small amounts of acrylic resin and moulding it into the desired shape. Cosmetic bonding is the most versatile tool in cosmetic dentistry that can be used to fill dental cavities, repair broken or damaged teeth and even as an alternative to porcelain veneers.
Bonding is a popular choice for filling material as it can be made to closely match the colour of the existing tooth enamel. It is often preferred to silver-amalgam fillings, even though it is not as strong, because of the aesthetic advantages and also because of the controversy surrounding the safety of using mercury in amalgam fillings. Many patients are even choosing to replace their old-fashioned amalgam fillings to improve the appearance of their teeth. For large cavities it may not be possible to use cosmetic bonding because it can become brittle in large areas, but by using a ceramic inlay cemented with dental bonding the same results can be achieved.
Composite bonding can also be used to seal cracks that have been caused by physical trauma to the teeth. It can also be moulded to repair small chips. The procedure involves mixing the resin to the right consistency and colour before applying it in layers to the desired shape. When satisfied, the dentist will then set the bonding hard with the heat of a dental laser before polishing the cosmetic bonding to make it appear more like enamel. Chelmsford dentists also use bonding to cover discoloured or stained teeth, producing results similar to having a set of porcelain veneers but at a fraction of the cost. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.