Enhancing Columbia Smiles with Cosmetic Bonding
At Beck Dental Care, we know that even the smallest cosmetic imperfection can make you feel uncomfortable or even embarrassed to smile. Dr. Beck and Dr. Hart don’t want that for you. We want your smile to be an asset you’re happy to show family, friends and colleagues. Fortunately, your cosmetic dentist in Columbia, TN, has a fairly simple treatment to correct those minor flaws in your smile. Cosmetic bonding allows us to repair your smile in one convenient appointment with a material that you may, in fact, already have in your mouth.
Repair Your Teeth with Composite Resin
Composite resin - a fancy terminology for plastic—is a commonly used material in dentistry. For example, if you’ve ever needed a cavity taken care of, we likely used composite resin to give you a tooth-colored filling. Likewise, this hard material can be used to rebuild or reshape a tooth for cosmetic reasons. In addition to repairing decayed teeth, composite resin material can be used to:
- Rebuild a chipped or cracked tooth
- Conceal irreversible tooth discoloration
- Alter a misshaped tooth
- Lengthen a tooth that is unusually worn
- Close gaps between teeth
- Protect a tooth’s root if gum recession has occurred
As cosmetic dentistry procedures go, bonding is among the easiest, fastest and least expensive. And even after the bonding material is in place, caring for your repaired tooth only requires regular brushing and flossing, along with paying a little attention to what comes in contact with your tooth. Try to avoid things that can crack the bonded material, such as hard candy, ice cubes, your finger nails or pens and pencils.
Cosmetic Bonding Procedure
One of the most common cosmetic imperfections our dentists correct with cosmetic bonding is a chipped tooth. When you come to Beck Dental Care to have your tooth repaired—whether that tooth is chipped or otherwise detracting from your smile—you can look forward to a new smile in almost no time. Dr. Beck or Dr. Hart will use a shade guide to select a composite resin color that matches the natural color of your teeth. Next, the surface of your tooth will be etched and conditioning liquid is applied. Both of these steps strengthen the adhesion between your tooth and the composite resin material. Then, the tooth-colored composite resin is applied to your tooth and molded into shape. We use a special curing light to harden the material quickly. Then, the cosmetic dentist Columbia, TN, residents trust will trim, shape and polish the material to create a finish that matches your tooth surface.
Because cosmetic bonding is susceptible to staining, we recommend you avoid coffee, tea and tobacco products for at least the first couple of days after your procedure. After that, be sure to brush and floss and schedule regular dental checkups at Beck Dental Care.
To learn more about cosmetic bonding or any other cosmetic dentistry service offered at Beck Dental Care, contact our office today. We happily serve families from Columbia, TN, as well as the surrounding communities of Spring Hill, Lewisburg, Franklin, Lawrenceburg and Brentwood.