Quickly and Conveniently Enhance Your Smile with Dental Bonding
Are you self-conscious about the appearance of your smile? You can conceal minor imperfections with dental bonding, a simple procedure offered at our Kenilworth, IL, office. Dental bonding is one of the most affordable ways to transform your smile, and yields amazing, natural-looking results for many patients. Drs. Art Carpenter and Sejal Jobalia are highly trained in cosmetic dentistry and enjoy helping patients find renewed confidence with a smile makeover.
About Dental Bonding
Dental bonding uses tooth-colored resin to cover visible flaws in your teeth. The putty-like composite resin is bonded to your tooth for a hard finish that matches the appearance of natural enamel. You can effectively hide cracks, chips, and minor tooth misalignment, as well as discoloration that is resistant to whitening techniques. Bonding can even refine the shape of teeth that appear too short, or can close a bothersome gap.
Composite resin is made of non-toxic ceramic and plastic compounds that are tinted to blend with your smile. We use a variant of this material for our popular tooth-colored dental fillings.
Choosing the Right Treatment
Our dentists will first perform an initial exam to ensure your teeth are healthy and ready for a cosmetic dentistry procedure. If you are suffering from gum disease or decay, you will need to undergo periodontal care and restorative treatments prior to receiving dental bonding.
If your treatment goals are beyond the scope of bonding, we may recommend other cosmetic options, such as porcelain veneers to conceal imperfections. Dental bonding and veneers are similar, but bonding is a simpler procedure and costs less. Most patients with minor cosmetic flaws are candidates for dental bonding or veneers, and we can help you determine which is the best treatment for you.
The Dental Bonding Procedure
Dental bonding does not require extensive tooth preparation for treatment, and can be completed in a single appointment. In the bonding procedure, the teeth are lightly etched to allow a stronger bond with the resin, and are then coated with a conditioning liquid. One of our doctors will apply the color-matched resin and sculpt it to match the shape of your tooth and your bite. We then harden and bond the material to the tooth with the help of a specialized light. We can refine any small issues with the shape, and provide a final polish to finish your treatment. The procedure usually takes a total of 30 minutes to an hour for one tooth.
Dental bonding does not require extensive tooth preparation for treatment, and can be completed in a single appointment.
Maintaining your Smile
With proper care, your bonding results will last for years. Regular dental visits and preventative care are important, and patients should avoid potentially damaging foods such as hard candy and popcorn kernels.
For best results, there are also a few other habits that should be avoided. These include:
- Using teeth to open bottle caps or plastic packaging
- Chewing on pencils and pens
- Chewing on ice
- Biting nails
Enhance Your Smile
Our dental practice welcomes new patients. As always, we are dedicated to helping you achieve optimal dental health in addition to meeting your cosmetic goals. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.
We have been coming to Dr. Carpenter for several years now after seeing dentists that lacked good patient relationships. Dr. Carpenter is patient with those who fear going to the dentist (that's me), explains what needs to be done and provides different options for treatment. Worth the trek from the city!Kelly B.