If your smile is less than perfect, it can be hard to want to smile and let your personality shine. You might want to make changes to how it looks, but you don’t want to commit to invasive dental procedures to do so. What if we told you that you didn’t have to undergo major procedures to improve minor flaws? Sometimes, the smallest changes can have the biggest impact. At Tim Perry, DDS, we can help to give you a smile you have always wanted with bonding.
Bonding Doesn’t Alter Your Enamel
One of the biggest benefits of dental bonding is that it is completely non-invasive. Unlike veneers and crowns, which require the removal of enamel from the surfaces of your teeth to create sufficient space, bonding only requires us to create a rough texture on your teeth. This is done using an acid etch, or phosphoric acid. The reason behind this is that the composite resin material used to treat cosmetic flaws bonds more easily to a rough texture.
Transform the Size or Shape of Your Teeth
Not all cosmetic issues are the result of damage. Sometimes, you may have one or more teeth that are simply misshapen or naturally smaller than the rest. Even though these flaws are natural, they can still have a substantial impact on your smile, as well as your confidence. Rather than altering a tooth and placing a crown, we can completely transform the size or shape of your teeth with bonding. Even changing one tooth can significantly transform the overall appearance of your smile.
Close Gaps without Braces
Even small gaps between your teeth can affect your appearance. In cases of large gaps, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to close them. While there are now invisible aligners that can help you to more discreetly improve your tooth alignment, this treatment can be costly. Not all gaps need to be closed with orthodontic treatment. For small gaps, bonding can be used to fill them in, eliminating their appearance.
Providing an Alternative to Whitening
Discoloration is often treated with whitening. However, there are some types of stains that may not respond, as well. Dark brown stains may not be eliminated. Discoloration that originates from inside of the tooth, such as discoloration that results from dental trauma or certain antibiotics, may not respond. If you have spots on your teeth due to fluorosis, the spots may become more apparent. Bonding can be used to cover over these stains, whitening your teeth and giving you a brighter smile.
Bonding is Affordable
One of the biggest reasons many people choose to live with minor cosmetic flaws in their smile is because they think that all cosmetic procedures are expensive. Dental bonding is one of the most affordable cosmetic solutions available. Depending upon the situation, bonding can range from $100 to $400 per tooth. The procedure may even be, at least in part, covered by dental insurance. Veneers, a common alternative to bonding, cost anywhere between $800 and $2,000 per tooth. Ceramic or porcelain crowns can cost even more. If cost is a concern, bonding may be an excellent option.
If you are interested in improving your smile with dental bonding, call Tim Perry, DDS at (318) 322-0576 to schedule your consultation today.