Cosmetic Bonding Specialist

Wright Dental

Cosmetic & Family Dentist located in Barrington, IL

Are you embarrassed by your smile because of a chipped or broken tooth? With cosmetic bonding, Wright Dental in Barrington, Illinois, can easily repair your damaged tooth, close spaces between teeth, and even improve the color and shape of your teeth — usually in a single visit. To learn more about cosmetic bonding, call Wright Dental for a consultation or make an appointment online.

Cosmetic Bonding Q & A

What is cosmetic bonding?

Cosmetic bonding is a procedure whereby your dentist applies an enamel-like material to your teeth to correct imperfections to improve the quality and appearance of your teeth. He sculpts the material and colors it to match your tooth. After the bonding material hardens on your teeth, he polishes it to make your smile luminous. The Wright Dental dentists can also use the tooth-colored enamel material to fill small cavities.

Cosmetic bonding is less time-consuming and expensive than other cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as veneers. But, it’s not as long-lasting or durable as veneers and is more susceptible to chipping.

What kind of teeth imperfections does cosmetic bonding treat?

Cosmetic bonding can treat a wide range of teeth issues. Two of the benefits of cosmetic bonding are that the procedure is not time-consuming and the results are immediate. Cosmetic bonding is often used to treat:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Tooth gaps
  • Cavities
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Crooked teeth

What should I expect during a cosmetic bonding appointment?

The Wright Dental team creates a plan based on what imperfection you want fixed and how many teeth are involved. The first step is to match your tooth color so that the composite material can closely match the rest of your natural teeth.

Your dentist abrades the surface of the tooth or teeth to be treated to prepare it for the bonding material application. A putty-like tooth-colored material is molded and smoothed into the proper shape and then hardened with a light or laser.

After it hardens into a tooth-like material, it is trimmed and polished to perfection. If you’re having more than one tooth treated, you may have to return for additional visits.

How do I care for my cosmetic bonding?

The Wright Dental team provides you with instructions for care at the end of your visit. Cosmetic bonding can last up to a decade if you:

  • Practice good oral hygiene habits
  • Quit smoking and avoid all tobacco products
  • Avoid beverages and foods that stain, such as coffee and tea
  • Avoid hard candy and chewing on ice cubes
  • Don’t open food packing with your teeth
  • Don’t chew pen caps or pencils
  • Don't bite your fingernails

To find out if cosmetic bonding can help your smile, call or make an appointment online.

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