Why Tooth Bonding Might Be a Better Option

Cosmetic dental treatment has been one of the more notable areas of advancement in the dental health field. For example, most cosmetic dental treatments today not only offer highly lifelike and esthetically appealing results, but are also designed to help optimize your immediate and long-term oral health, as well. At our Lafayette, LA, dental office, we offer a wide range of customizable cosmetic dental treatments, each with a unique set of advantages depending on your specific needs. For many patients, tooth bonding is the better option for improving their smiles because it accomplishes both of those goals – smile improvement and preservation – with optimal results.

What tooth bonding is made of

Tooth-colored composite resin is a popular dental material that’s made from biocompatible acrylic and quartz-like particles, and can be tinted to highly specific colors and shades. Tooth bonding is the process of applying this highly customized resin to a certain area of your tooth, then sculpting and hardening it to blend in with the tooth. The resin not only closely resembles your healthy, natural tooth structure, but is also durable enough to remain in place for years, even under the intense pressure of your bite.

How bonding a tooth works

Bonding a blemished tooth solves several different concerns at once, not the least of which is your smile’s appearance. After being bonded, a tooth will once again enjoy a healthy, youthful, and blemish-free appearance, and the bonding will be virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth. If the blemish included damage to the tooth’s structure, such as a chipped or worn edge, or a light crack in its surface, then bonding it will also help restore its strength and integrity. Because bonding doesn’t require any significant tooth preparation, performing it means we won’t have to sculpt your healthy tooth structure underneath it.

The things tooth bonding can fix

When it’s appropriate, cosmetic tooth bonding offers the dual benefits of highly lifelike results and minimally invasive dental treatment. More patients can take advantage of those benefits thanks to the procedure’s ability to address several different types of concerns. For example, cosmetic tooth bonding is often recommended for concerns such as:

  • Internal (intrinsic) tooth discoloration
  • Chipped and worn tooth edges
  • Noticeable spaces between teeth
  • Light cracks in a tooth’s enamel
  • And much more

Ask if you’d benefit more from bonding

Cosmetic tooth bonding can significantly improve your smile while helping you avoid extensive and/or permanent changes to your tooth’s healthy structure. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call the office of Michael J. Young, DDS, in Lafayette, LA, at 337-237-6453. We proudly serve patients who live in Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and all surrounding communities.