How Can Dental Bonding Help Your Smile?

Cavity Amherst NYAre your teeth looking a little worse for wear but you don’t want complicated and expensive dental procedures? Cosmetic bonding may be the simple solution you have been looking for. Creekside Dentistry & Implantology, the practice of Dr. Karl Neuhaus and Dr. Walter Neuhaus in Amherst, NY, is a skilled provider of cosmetic dental bonding services. Dr. Neuhaus explains how this relatively inexpensive and increasingly popular cosmetic dentistry treatment can help you have the smile you want.

What is cosmetic dental bonding?

Dental composite bonding is a cosmetic procedure that repairs damage and defects in your tooth enamel. Using composite resin, a soft, plastic-based material, Dr. Neuhaus will fill in the damaged areas of your smile. Composite resin is similar to the spackle used to patch drywall in home repairs but for your teeth. It can be shaped to fill in any chip or indentation, making it ideal for treating an assortment of cosmetic dental issues. Once the resin hardens or “bonds” to your teeth — hence the name of the procedure — it will not only be as strong as your natural tooth enamel but it will look just like it as well. Dr. Neuhaus will choose a composite resin that is colored to match your tooth enamel so that the bonded area is never obvious.

What are the signs dental bonding may be necessary?

Chips in teeth, even small ones, can be noticeable. But bonding can be used to fill in these chips.  It can also be used to protect roots of teeth that may be exposed due to receding gums. Due to heightened sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages that can occur without that protective layer of gum tissue, eating can become painful. Covering the roots with composite resin can decrease this sensitivity while protecting the roots.

Maybe you have one tooth that doesn’t look quite like the rest of your teeth? Sometimes a tooth can be discolored, twisted, crooked, short or oddly shaped teeth but still in perfectly good shape otherwise. Bonding material can be used to change the appearance and color of the tooth, giving your smile a more uniform look.

Cosmetic bonding is also a great option for filling in small gaps between your teeth. Gaps between your teeth can trap food and cause you to feel self-conscious about the way your smile looks. Bonding is a simple and relatively affordable way to close those spaces and make eating easier and smiles more confident.

While composite bonding doesn’t have the longevity of veneers, they should last you for up to 10 years if you care for them properly. This means avoiding biting down or chewing on hard candy, ice cubes and other hard or sticky food that can crack your composite resin.

Cosmetic dental bonding in Amherst, NY

Cosmetic dental bonding can give you the healthy smile you’ve always wanted! Call Dr. Neuhaus, your dentist in Amherst, NY at (716) 262-8070 or schedule an appointment online. Why not take advantage of this versatile cosmetic dentistry treatment?