Cosmetic Bonding - Birchgrove Dental Practice





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Published on Sep 7, 2017


For many people, both young and old, the freedom to openly express feelings of joy and happiness by smiling broadly or laughing out loud can be greatly inhibited by the condition of their teeth. Sadly, the hand that is generally used to shield dental imperfections from the critical eyes of others merely serves to emphasise the fact that they exist. For the young person still trying to establish an identity, the reaction of others to their aesthetic imperfections can be devastating, long-lasting and a crushing blow to their own self-worth.

Having teeth that are discoloured, chipped, misshapen, decaying or that have significant gaps between them not only renders them too unsightly to be openly displayed, but also robs an individual of the confidence necessary to interact well with others. How a person feels about themselves will quickly become evident whether in a school, work or social setting and affect both their own performance in these circumstances, as well as the behaviour of others towards them. The value of a dazzling smile can, therefore, not be underestimated.

Cosmetic bonding is yet another weapon in dentistry’s fight against imperfections of the teeth. The beauty of this procedure though, is the fact that it is significantly cheaper than crowns and veneers and is also a much speedier process than either of these two methods. Whereas crowns and veneers need to be manufactured in a laboratory before the procedure can commence, cosmetic or dental bonding can be accomplished in an hour or less. It is also a procedure that is far less damaging to the natural structure and health of the tooth.

The sensitive inner layers of the tooth require constant protection if we are to avoid the pain and discomfort that can accompany cavities and decay. Our tooth enamel provides this protection, so it is imperative that the enamel remains undamaged. Cosmetic bonding requires the removal of little to none of this crucial natural barrier, so that the integrity of the natural tooth is maintained.

Cosmetic bonding relies on a durable and long-lasting tooth-coloured composite resin to fill cavities and decay and to resurface discoloured teeth, as well as to minimise unsightly gaps. Many dental patients also choose to replace old metal fillings with this resin. Once the resin has been applied, a special ultraviolet light is used to dry it into place. Because of the exceptional durability of the material, results are expected to last for up to fifteen years with minimal maintenance required.

Dental bonding is generally accepted as being best suited for correcting minor flaws or imperfections. It would, therefore, be wise to consult with your dentist to discuss the specifics of the procedure and its suitability for individual needs.

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