Dental Bonding Can Be an Excellent Solution for Minor Cosmetic Flaws
Dr. Van O’Dell is an award-winning cosmetic dentist providing a range of aesthetic enhancements, including dental bonding. At his long-standing practice in North Little Rock, AR, Dr. O’Dell uses this efficient, cost-effective procedure to correct small cosmetic flaws like chips, cracks, gaps, and discoloration. He can even refine the size or shape of a tooth to add beautiful symmetry to your smile. To learn more about how bonding can enhance your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. O’Dell today.
About Dental Bonding
If you have ever had a tooth-colored filling, you have already undergone a type of dental bonding. Using the very same resin used to fill treated cavities, Dr. O’Dell can cover small dental imperfections. The resin is formulated to match the natural color of your teeth. Once in place, he hardens the resin with a curing light. Finally, he polishes the resin to achieve a smooth surface and a natural-looking result. Cosmetic bonding is a quick and simple procedure that does not require any anesthesia.
Dental Bonding Candidates
Bonding can be used to conceal a variety of minor imperfections, including:
- Cracks, chips, and gaps
- Individual teeth that are small or misshapen
- Discoloration or deep stains that do not respond to teeth whitening
Meanwhile, if you have received metal amalgam fillings in the past, we can replace them with tooth-colored fillings.
If you are considering dental bonding, your must first be in excellent oral health. Any necessary periodontal care or restorative dentistry should be performed before you undergo bonding. It is also important to understand that bonding works best in areas of low bite pressure, such as the anterior teeth. If your dental imperfections cannot be adequately concealed with bonding, but do not warrant an extensive treatment such as a dental crown, a porcelain veneer may be recommended. Dr. O’Dell will assess your candidacy for bonding during an in-depth consultation.
Bonding offers results similar to porcelain veneers, but at a lower cost. The procedure is very popular due to several advantages:
- Bonding provides immediate, long-lasting cosmetic enhancement.
- The treatment usually does not require removal of any natural tooth structure.
- Dental bonding be combined with additional procedures like teeth whitening and gum contouring for a comprehensive smile makeover.
Bonding can be a great solution, but you should also be aware of its limitations:
- Resin does not resist stains as well as porcelain.
- The material can break off of the tooth under pressure.
- Resin may not look as realistic as crowns or veneers.
- Bonding not last as long as more extensive cosmetic procedures.
Dr. O’Dell wants to help you look your best, and strives to recommend the most conservative treatment possible to meet your specific goals. During a one-on-one consultation, Dr. O’Dell will take careful note of your goals to recommend the treatment or combination of treatments he believes will provide you with the greatest possible satisfaction. If you would like to learn more, please contact us today.