Dental bonding is a type of veneer process that doesn’t get much attention these days. We can appreciate the immense value of porcelain veneers and completely understand why so many adults are choosing to enhance their smile with such treatment. However, we want to remind you that there is another option for bringing out the best in your smile. Dental bonding can be beneficial in some situations, so should not be overlooked.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic process that involves the placement of a strong resin over existing tooth structure. This resin is color-matched to your enamel to create a cohesive look. Because composite resin is malleable in its organic form, the dentist can mold it perfectly to achieve the desired shape. The material is then polished and cured with light to fully adhere it to enamel. The process is so simple that it takes only a few minutes to correct flaws or injuries such as:
- A cracked or chipped tooth
- Stains that are resistant to peroxide bleaching
- A cavity on the visible surface of a tooth
- Noticeable space in between teeth
- Obvious size or shape differences between teeth
When observing the capabilities of dental bonding, you may notice that this treatment can address the same general issues as porcelain veneers. So, why would you be tempted to choose a direct veneer process? The answer may be simple. One of the advantages that patients appreciate with dental bonding is the immediacy of results. There is no second visit needed to complete the transformation of a tooth or teeth. Another benefit of bonding versus traditional veneers is the lack of tooth reduction that is necessary.
We love working with patients to bring out the beauty in their smile. If you would like to learn more about cosmetic dentistry and how it can help you enjoy ultimate confidence in your smile, we are happy to assist you. Schedule a convenient appointment in our McLean office by speaking with a friendly member of our staff at 703-448-1020.