If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile, your confidence in other aspects of your life could suffer. You can get the smile of your dreams with cosmetic enhancement from your dentist.
An affordable and effective way to amend minor cosmetic concerns in your teeth is dental bonding. Dr. Fabrizio Dall’Olmo, a dentist in Santa Monica, CA, responds to frequently asked questions about the cosmetic dental procedure, tooth bonding.
Cosmetic Tooth Bonding FAQs
How Does Bonding Help My Smile?
Tooth bonding is a cosmetic dental treatment that focuses on enhancing the appearance of your teeth. Specifically, bonding can address the following aesthetic concerns in your smile:
- Whiten discolored teeth
- Reshape irregular teeth
- Amend minor tooth breakage
- Fill gaps between teeth
- Create an even smile
If you recognize these issues in your smile, you can schedule a consultation with your dentist to determine if bonding is the best treatment for you. They can evaluate your tooth structure and consult your medical history to develop a customized cosmetic treatment plan.
What Is the Bonding Procedure Like?
If you and your dentist decide to proceed with tooth bonding, your dentist will begin by preparing the affected teeth. This involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel so that the bonding adheres effectively.
Then your dentist applies resin to the tooth and sculpts it according to your smile aesthetic goals. The material is tooth-colored and ultimately polished for a beautiful and natural look.
What Cosmetic Results Can I Expect?
You will notice a cosmetic enhancement in your smile immediately following your procedure. Your dentist will likely recommend that you avoid eating or drinking for at least one hour after this process to ensure the resin adheres properly to your smile for long-lasting results. Some patients notice slight tooth sensitivity when they return home, but this side effect fades within a day or two.
With proper care, these cosmetic benefits will last for as long as ten years. If you notice effects beginning to fade in this time, you can ask your dentist about touch-up appointments or other cosmetic treatment options.
Cosmetic Dentistry Experts in Santa Monica, CA
Dr. Dall’Olmo offers tooth bonding and other cosmetic dentistry treatments to patients in Santa Monica, CA. Our practice also specializes in restorative and general dentistry, including periodontal therapy. To schedule a complimentary consultation with our team, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 310.736.1051.