We often hear of bonding being mentioned when our dentist has to repair a chipped tooth or something similar. But that is not the extent of what is possible with cosmetic dentistry bonding. It can not only restore our smile, but it can also improve it, and protect it. Learn more about what is possible with cosmetic bonding through our local Herrin, IL, professional of Hughes Dental Arts Centre, Dr. Christopher Hughes.
What is Composite Resin?
Composite resin is a very versatile material employed for all cosmetic bonding treatments. The components that make up the material make it so versatile as to be able to tackle a number of conditions. It is bonded to the tooth in the form of a liquid in very thin layers, and each layer is hardened before applying the next and so on until the tooth achieves the desired size. Once this is done it is then shaped and polished to give it a natural appearance. To further help in this goal, composite resin can be mixed to match the color of surrounding teeth so the results are extremely difficult to notice, even up close.
Versatility of Bonding
Cosmetic bonding can restore a tooth that has been chipped or cracked or has suffered most types of minor damage. But just in this same way our dentist can use the technique to give our short teeth some length, give our slightly crooked teeth a better appearance, and do the same for teeth that do not respond to traditional teeth whitening.
Bonding can also be used to close small gaps between teeth by making the teeth a little bit larger.
Finally, the use of composite resin as an alternative to traditional amalgam fillings has grown in recent years to protect our teeth after an encounter with decay. The reason is that they can achieve a similar level of protection but without the unsightly gray-silver color of amalgam fillings.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Herrin, IL
If you are struggling with a smile imperfection chances are that our dentist may be able to correct it using cosmetic bonding. But if not, there is usually something that can be done. So if you are ready to improve your smile schedule a consultation with Dr. Hughes of Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL, by dialing (618) 993-3100.