There are many new and amazingly technologically advanced dental treatments being used to treat specific areas of concern with your teeth. However, just like in most other areas of life, sometimes it is the simple things that are really the most effective. This is especially true of cosmetic bonding in dentistry.
The idea is a very simple one. You make up a composite resin to be tooth coloured and then apply it to the teeth to make the necessary improvements before setting it hard with the heat of a dental laser. Cosmetic bonding can be used for a number of different treatments to improve the appearance of the teeth. One of the most common is to cover areas of discolouration on the surface of the teeth. Teeth that are discoloured can make your teeth look unhealthy and you look older, this is because we naturally associate discolouring with the aging process. There are a number of ways to deal with discoloured teeth including teeth whitening and porcelain veneers but whitening can be ineffectual and veneers are often prohibitively expensive. Cosmetic bonding can be spread thinly over any discoloured areas before being set and polished to closely resemble tooth enamel.
Bonding can also be used as material for fillings. This has proven to be a very popular choice with patients because of the aesthetic advantages it has over the traditional silver amalgam fillings. Bonding is also not as controversial as the amalgam fillings, which do contain mercury.
Cosmetic bonding is also used as a cement in a number of other dental procedures such as dental crowns and veneers. Once set hard, it will hold these restorations firmly in place. To find out more about cosmetic bonding and it’s uses, ask a West London dentist at your next appointment.