The Art of Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic dentistry requires a deep knowledge and understanding of things like the anatomy and function of the teeth, gums, connective tissue and bones that make up your smile, paired with the precision and patience that comes with the artistry of the craft. This is especially true with cosmetic bonding.  

What is Cosmetic Bonding?

Cosmetic bonding is a procedure in which your Virginia Beach dentist uses a tooth-colored material to enhance your smile. Must like an artist choosing the right shade of paint to capture the appeal of their subject, dentists must also have an artistic eye when it comes to matching the cosmetic bonding material to each patient’s teeth. The end result creates a natural-looking surface that matches the rest of your teeth seamlessly. Dentists typically use cosmetic bonding to correct a number of cosmetic dental issues, providing long-lasting, beautiful results.

Benefits of Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic bonding can enhance your smile in a number of ways, such as:

  • Hiding chips or cracks in your teeth
  • Camouflaging permanent stains and discolorations
  • Closing gaps and spaces between your teeth
  • Making short teeth appear longer
  • Changing the shape of your teeth

The Cosmetic Bonding Procedure

Preparing your tooth

All great sculptures require a strong foundation, and cosmetic bonding is no different. Your dentist will roughen the surface of the tooth to be treated then apply a conditioning liquid; these steps help the bonding material stick to the tooth.  

Applying the BPA-free bonding material

Your dentist applies the bonding material to the tooth. The bonding material has a putty-like consistency, which allows your dentist to mold and smooth it to the desired length and shape. Adding the right type of bonding material in the correct amounts helps create a natural-looking finish that is safer than other types of bonding materials.

Here at Cusp Dental Boutique, Dr. Hamlin uses only an all-ceramic-based material for cosmetic bonding. This material does not incorporate classic resin monomers, which contain BPA. (We also use this material to treat cavities, in that it eliminates the risks associated with silver amalgam fillings!)

Shaping the cosmetic bonding material

This is where the artistry of cosmetic bonding really shines. Using advanced technology, patience, and precision to shape the bonded surface, the dental bonding will end up looking like a natural tooth. This is usually followed with any final adjustments, polishing, and sealing.  

Schedule a Cosmetic Bonding Consultation

For more information on the art of cosmetic bonding, contact Cusp Dental Boutique. Our Virginia Beach dentist combines state-of-the-art technology with artistry to offer a wide variety of dental services to give you and your family the best smile possible.

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