If you want to address dental imperfections, such as cracks, chips, or discolored teeth, the dentists at Palmetto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry may recommend dental bonding. At our Sumter, SC, offices, we offer a variety of cosmetic procedures, and we will carefully choose the right option for you. Bonding may be appropriate if you want to improve your appearance, but you are not considered a candidate for porcelain veneers. This affordable procedure can also be a good option if you are watching your budget. During dental bonding, Dr. Thaddeus H. Vincent, Jr., Dr. David M. Van Patten, or Dr. William T. “Buddy” Noonan, Jr. will use composite resin to improve your smile and confidence in your appearance.

When Do We Recommend Dental Bonding?

Chipped tooth before and after dental bonding

During bonding, your dentist will coat your teeth in composite resin, selected to match the color of your dental enamel. In this way, the treatment can fully conceal a wide array of cosmetic and minor structural issues. We may recommend bonding if you want to address:

  • Small cracks or chips on the surface of your teeth
  • Small gaps between your teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Slight misalignment such as tipped or rotated teeth
  • Dark internal stains, which teeth whitening cannot address

Before recommending bonding, we will evaluate your overall oral health. To qualify for treatment, you should be free from decay or gum disease. Fortunately, even if you struggle with these concerns, after appropriate care, you may still be an excellent candidate for bonding.

Bonding can transform your smile, correcting numerous concerns at once. In turn, this can rejuvenate your overall appearance and help you look years younger.

The Bonding Process

Prior to your treatment, one of our dentists will first coat your teeth in a mild chemical agent. Lightly etching your enamel, the material will increase the surface area and provide a strong bond for the composite. Then he will choose an appropriate color of resin. After treating your teeth with a bonding agent, your dentist will apply the composite to the front of your teeth. Shaping and sculpting the material, he will make sure that it has a smooth finish and blends naturally. Next, your practitioner will harden the composite using a curing light, and buff your teeth to give them a natural sparkle.

The Benefits of Dental Bonding

Bonding offers many benefits that may make it a good option for you.

  • The bonding process involves virtually no discomfort, and you will not typically require local anesthesia.
  • Bonding is reversible, and the treatment process will not affect the overall structure of your teeth.
  • The procedure is very affordable.
  • Bonding is easy to maintain, and you will only need to practice normal dental hygiene. When you brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly, your results could last five years or more.

Perhaps most importantly, bonding can transform your smile, correcting numerous concerns at once. In turn, this can rejuvenate your overall appearance and help you look years younger. 

Enhance Your Smile

Find out if bonding is a good option for you. Contact our office today to book your cosmetic consultation.