If you are looking for a conservative, yet effective cosmetic dentistry option, consider dental bonding at our Moreno Valley, CA office. During this procedure, your dentist will use composite resin to cover up cosmetic blemishes and reshape your teeth. In many ways the procedure is similar to porcelain veneers, but it does not involve any tooth preparation. Alternatively, your dentist could trim off some enamel to correct irregularities and resize your teeth. One of the skilled dentists at Value Dental Centers Moreno Valley will schedule a comprehensive consultation. At this time, you will discuss your various treatment options and determine which one may be right for you.
How Can Dental Bonding and Contouring Enhance Your Smile?
Dental bonding and contouring is a completely customized procedure, and your dentist can adapt your treatment to meet your individual goals. Therefore, bonding and contouring can be a good option if you want to address any of the following cosmetic problems:
- Slight structural damage, such as cracks and chips that have not weakened your teeth
- Internal stains or other discoloration that will not respond to teeth whitening
- Gaps between your teeth
- Minor misalignment, such as a few crooked or rotated teeth
- Worn edges
- Proportionately small or unusually shaped teeth
- Proportionately large teeth
- Uneven edges
- Usually pointed teeth
Are You a Candidate for Bonding and Contouring?
Because bonding and contouring does not require tooth prep, it is appropriate for a wide range of patients. Of course, before undergoing cosmetic treatment, you should have healthy, structurally sound teeth. Your dentist will first need to address any current decay or gum disease. After appropriate treatment, you will typically be able to undergo bonding and contouring.
What to Expect during Your Treatment
Prior to the actual bonding process, your hygienist will perform a thorough cleaning. Then your dentist will cover your teeth in a mild chemical solution. Without inflaming your gums or weakening your teeth, the solution will create microscopic grooves in your dental enamel. In turn, this will increase the surface area so that the bonding agent has more dental tissue to which it can adhere.
Next, your dentist will apply the bonding agent and coat your teeth in composite resin. The material will match the natural color of your enamel, and your practitioner will carefully shape the composite so that it has a smooth finish that harmonizes with your smile. He or she will also fill in all chips and conceal other blemishes. When your dentist has achieved the results you desire, he or she will shine a curing light on your teeth to harden the composite. As a finishing touch, your practitioner will also polish your teeth to give them a beautiful sparkle.
If you undergo contouring, your practitioner will gently remove a very thin layer of enamel. Though a conservative treatment, contouring can dramatically improve your smile. Dental contouring typically involves negligible discomfort, and it will not weaken your teeth in any way. If desired, however, we can provide local or IV sedation.
Dental Bonding vs. Porcelain Veneers
Bonding and veneers can achieve most of the same effects. However, one treatment may be more appropriate for your treatment goals and budget. Dental bonding is a more conservative option. It can be a suitable choice if dental damage has disqualified you from veneers, or if you desire a reversible procedure. Bonding is also more economical than veneers, and it can be a good solution if you are watching your budget.
At the same time, veneers are more long lasting than composite bonding. The porcelain will also be somewhat more realistic because it will have a natural translucence and luster. Nevertheless, our dentists work with great skill and precision. Therefore, whichever treatment you choose, you will enjoy beautiful, subtle results that will enhance your total appearance.
Contact Us for More Information
Find out if bonding and contouring is right for you. Contact Value Dental Centers Moreno Valley today to schedule your appointment.