Achieving Big Results with Little Changes
Many patients walk into Integrated Dental by Espire in Greeley under the mistaken impression that cosmetic dentistry necessarily involves big, complex procedures that completely alter the look of their smile. In reality, most people only require minor-to-moderate changes in order to achieve the smile they want. Working closely with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists and developing a customized treatment plan based on your idea of the perfect smile will help ensure optimal, lasting results that you feel good about.
Tooth Bonding in Greeley, CO
Tooth bonding can often address dental health and cosmetic concerns conservatively and economically. Utilizing the same resin material as a dental filling, tooth bonding is a minimally invasive approach to cosmetic dentistry. When you visit Integrated Dental by Espire, one of our experienced dentists may recommend concealing minor blemishes on your dental structures utilizing tooth bonding. Tooth bonding can be used to address the following concerns:
- Chipped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Tooth stains that do not respond to whitening treatments
Tooth bonding is an exceptionally conservative treatment that can yield big results in the right circumstances. It is important to note that this type of restoration is not considered permanent, but can last for many years with proper oral health care.
Using a series of sculpting and polishing tools, your dentist can make minor alterations in the shape of your teeth to improve the overall look of your smile. Tooth contouring can address issues such as:
- Jagged edges
- Minor chips
- Uneven teeth
- Overlapping teeth
- Pointy bicuspids (sometimes referred to as “vampire teeth”)
What to expect: Tooth Bonding Procedure
The tooth bonding procedure is minimally invasive and can be completed quickly in just one dentist appointment. This simple treatment can also be used in combination with other cosmetic or restorative procedures for a complete smile makeover.
This first thing your Greeley, CO dentist will do is prepare the surface of the tooth (or teeth) to be treated. This may involved removing decay and creating a surface that will bond easily with the bonding material. Once your tooth is prepared, your dentist will directly apply the tooth-colored resin, and sculpt it into the desired shape by hand. This requires a skilled and experienced dentist because the work is done freehand without the use of a mold or impression. The material is cured with an ultraviolet light or laser. Your dentist will then make the final touches by polishing the tooth. The end result is a natural looking tooth that will blend in naturally with the rest of your smile.
Tooth Bonding FAQs
How much does tooth bonding cost?
Composite bonding is a relatively affordable procedure and is typically covered by dental insurance. Integrated Dental by Espire accepts all dental insurance and will handle all of the necessary billing and paperwork to help you maximize your dental insurance benefits.
How long does tooth bonding last?
Dental bonding does not last as long as alternatives like veneers or dental crowns, however, with proper care and maintenance, you can expect the bonding to last five years or more. Composite resin is not as stain resistant as porcelain or metal restorations. Therefore, it is important to avoid smoking and visit the dentist regularly to maintain the best cosmetic appearance.