How Bonding Repairs Small Cosmetic Smile Issues
July 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how this simple dental procedure could reshape a chipped or cracked bonding

You only want to make small alterations to your smile so it seems a bit unnecessary to turn to more invasive or time-consuming procedures to get the results you want. Did you know that our Reno, NV, dentist, Dr. Melinda Kuhn, could improve the color, shape or even size of a tooth with one simple, non-invasive procedure known as dental bonding?

During dental bonding, our Reno general dentist will match a tooth-colored resin to the rest of your smile before applying it to the tooth. We will choose a resin that most closely resembles the shade of your smile. From there, we will apply the resin over the problem areas of the tooth, shape it into place and then harden it with a dental laser.

Bonding is a great way to hide minor-to-moderate imperfections including:

  • Discolorations
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Chips and cracks
  • Crowding or overlapping teeth
  • Worn or asymmetrical teeth

Bonding is a minor and non-invasive cosmetic procedure so it won’t be right for tackling all issues. Bonding can certainly improve the look of one or more teeth but it won’t be able to handle more serious issues. The overall purpose of getting dental bonding is to re-contour your smile to improve the shape and look.

For example, say that many years of taking antibiotics have left some pretty nasty discolorations on your teeth. If this is the case, even our teeth whitening system may not be able to eliminate these types of stains; however, we can apply bonding resin over these areas to hide discolorations that teeth whitening cannot remove to give you a brighter smile.

Once you get bonding you’ll want to remember that it’s not meant to last forever. This means you’ll still want to be gentle with your teeth and make sure you care for them properly to ensure that bonding lasts as long as possible before needing to be replaced. Avoid bad habits like ice chewing, teeth grinding and nail biting, which can weaken bonding resin and damage the restored tooth.

Kuhn Family Dentistry in Reno, NV, is dedicated to helping you achieve the perfect smile. Don’t let small imperfections get the better of you. Call us today to find out how dental bonding could help.