Plenty of people have heard of veneers, which are hard shells of tooth-colored porcelain used to correct an array of cosmetic flaws in your smile. But not as many people know about dental bonding, a time-tested treatment that can treat the same concerns, but at a fraction of the cost.
Dental bonding uses tooth-colored resins applied to your tooth surface. Once hardened, the material is shaped to blend with your surrounding teeth for beautiful results.
When is dental bonding recommended?
Dental Arts of Hoboken is a trusted provider of dental bonding treatments, using the most advanced techniques and materials for optimal results. At their Hoboken, New Jersey, practice, Michael M. Moawad, DMD, and Jessica Listwa, DMD, use bonding to treat an array of issues, including the ones listed here.
Teeth are strong, but they’re not indestructible. Typically, chips happen as a result of traumatic damage, but biting on hard objects, chewing on ice or hard candy, and using your teeth as tools can cause chips, too. Bonding can be a great solution for chips, covering the damaged tooth and shaped to create natural contours.
Years of biting and chewing can eventually take their toll on tooth edges, causing your teeth to look worn down and aging your smile. Bonding helps reestablish the normal size and shape of your teeth, so your smile looks younger, healthier, and more attractive.
Professional whitening can be an effective solution for most superficial stains and discoloration, but deeper stains need a different solution. Bonding helps by covering the stained tooth with durable, tooth-colored resin tinted to blend with your surrounding teeth.
Gaps between teeth
Spaces between your teeth don’t just detract from your smile — they can also increase your risks of tooth decay and gum disease. Dental bonding closes gaps and spaces, helping your smile look healthy, beautiful, and cared for.
Misaligned or crooked teeth
Many of us have one or more teeth that may be slightly crooked or out of alignment with neighboring teeth. We use bonding to “build up” a crooked tooth so its surface appears straight and even with neighboring teeth.
‘Short' or misshapen teeth
Smile aesthetics rely a lot on symmetry. If you have one or more teeth that just look too small for your smile, or if you have a tooth that’s oddly shaped, your entire appearance can be affected. Bonding enables our team to restore your smile, adding length and symmetry for a more beautiful smile.
Receding gums are a common occurrence, and as your gums recede, they leave more of your tooth exposed. The lower part of your tooth can be much more sensitive to temperatures, leaving you with uncomfortable symptoms. By covering those exposed areas, dental bonding reduces sensitivity while protecting the tooth as well.
Find out if bonding is right for you
In addition to being a budget-friendly solution for cosmetic smile enhancement, bonding also can be performed in a single office visit. Plus, unlike veneers, bonding doesn’t require removal of natural tooth material.
However, bonding material doesn’t last as long as veneers, and it tends to stain more easily. Some people find veneers also tend to look more natural than bonding. Bottom line: It’s important to discuss all your options with us during your visit to help select the treatment that suits your unique needs and goals.
To learn more about dental bonding and how it can improve your smile, call 201-429-3641 or request an appointment online with the team at Dental Arts of Hoboken today.