When you have a chipped tooth, or a smile with embarrassing gaps or severe discoloration, then you may need cosmetic treatments. With dental bonding and contouring, your Richfield, MN, dentist will be able to repair and restore your smile in only one visit. In today’s blog, we’re looking at the cosmetic benefits of these two treatment options.
The Cosmetic Bonding Treatment
How does this treatment repair or restore a tooth in only one sitting? To begin, we will administer a numbing agent to ensure you feel comfortable throughout the process. Next, we remove any decay and clean the tooth. We could etch the surface as well, which helps the composite resin material stay in place as the tooth cures. We use composite resin in bonding procedures because the material is metal-free, safe for all ages, and can be color-matched to blend with your smile. Once we apply the material in several layers, we sculpt and mold the tooth as the composite resin cures under a light. The last step involves thoroughly polishing the tooth for a more attractive appearance.
Benefits for Your Smile
This lifelike material could be used to mask permanent teeth stains, the kind that may be able to withstand most whitening treatments. We also reshape malformed teeth, repair cracks and chips, and lengthen worn-down teeth too. Repairing damage, even minor brackets or fractures, could improve esthetics and prevent cavities and infection. The procedure helps close gaps and black triangle spaces between the teeth too. In one visit, we essentially transform the tooth.
Contouring Your Smile
In the same visit, or in a separate one, we could also contour the teeth. Instead of improving the smile’s esthetics by adding material to one or more teeth, we actually sand and buff away outer structure to improve overall esthetics. The procedure could be used remove pits, grooves, and rough patches in the surfaces of the smile. Treatment also helps address very minor chips, reshape overly large or misshapen teeth, and also dull sharp, pointed, or jagged teeth.
Protecting Your Teeth
To help protect your smile from injury, if you play sports or martial arts, a custom mouthguard could help prevent cracks, chips, and even knocked-out teeth! If you have any questions about dental bonding and contouring, or about our mouthguards, then please don’t hesitate to give us a call today. We would love to make sure you start your summer with a stunning and healthy smile.
Your Richfield, MN Dentist’s Office Provides Cosmetic Dentistry
At our Richfield, MN dentist’s office, our team wants to correct the esthetic issues that plague your smile. To find out how we improve the beauty of your smile in only one visit, then please call Cedar West Family Dentistry at (612) 861-7188.