Are you heading down the aisle in 2016? Or, are you finally graduating from college? Maybe you’ve just landed that big promotion, or are going on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation! Whatever big milestone you have coming up, in 2016, get ready for the photo ops with cosmetic bonding. Like many cosmetic treatments, bonding can help enhance your smile’s natural beauty by hiding imperfections, but unlike many alternatives, bonding can be completed very quickly, usually in less than an hour. That makes it ideal if you don’t have much time to prepare for your milestone, but still want to look and feel your best.
What Makes Bonding Special?
Cosmetic bonding can accomplish many similar results to porcelain veneers, but at a fraction of the cost and in very little time. That’s because bonding relies on the cosmetic dentist’s artistry, rather than a separate craftsman who must prepare and ship veneers.
Bonding involves sculpting resin onto the teeth, to hide imperfections like disproportional or misshapen teeth. It’s actually the same material used for many modern dental fillings, prized for its durability and how effectively it bonds with teeth, hence the name.
Once shaped to improve your smile’s symmetry, the resin is hardened and polished to create a natural-looking enhancement.
Is Bonding the Best Choice for You?
Determining if bonding is right for you is a process of weighing the benefits, such as how quick and affordable it is, against its limitations. For instance, while the resin is durable it is not as strong or stain-resistant as dental porcelain. That’s why many patients are advised to choose veneers, instead, particularly if they are heavy red wine or coffee drinkers, smokers, or have other habits that might stain the resin.