Cosmetic Bonding in Colorado Springs, CO
It is well known that maintaining good oral health is integral to preventing tooth decay, gum disease, infection, and tooth loss. Equally important is having an attractive smile. According to the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, nearly half of Americans agree that the first and most lasting thing they notice when meeting someone is their smile. People won’t be likely to remember your clothing or perfume, but they are often struck by the beauty (or imperfection) of your laugh.
Minor flaws in your smile often make people feel self-conscious; they might even go so far as to hide their mouths when talking and laughing. Anything as small as a tiny chip or gap between teeth is a significant enough issue for Colorado Springs patients to avoid smiling.
If you are looking for a non-invasive, quick, and cost-effective way to change the way your smile looks, then cosmetic dental bonding may be the perfect option for you! Done in our Colorado Springs dental office, cosmetic bonding is guaranteed to have you leave our office feeling more confident. Unlike other procedures that require us to remove part of your tooth’s structure, place temporary tooth restorations, and then wait weeks for permanent restorations to return from the dental lab, tooth bonding can be done right here in our office, usually in a single visit. It’s also one of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry options available.
We perform cosmetic bonding using the same tooth-colored material we use to fill cavities esthetically. Since the material bonds to your tooth, it can actually strengthen your tooth, improving its health and function as well as its appearance.
- Who Uses Cosmetic Dental Bonding?
- How the Bonding Process Works
- Cosmetic Dental Bonding Restrictions
- Caring for Your Teeth After Bonding
- Schedule Your Dental Bonding Appointment Today!
Who Uses Cosmetic Dental Bonding?
Cosmetic bonding is ideal for patients who wish to permanently change their smiles easily and quickly. Besides being cost-efficient, dental bonding only requires that we lightly etch the surface of your tooth, making it much less invasive than treatments like crowns or veneers. At Springs Family Dental, we use cosmetic bonding for a variety of different reasons. Using bonding, we can improve your tooth’s appearance by changing its color, shape, or size. Cosmetic bonding can even fix a chipped, cracked, or decayed tooth.
Common reasons our Colorado Springs patients come in for dental bonding include:
- Repairing chipped or fractured teeth.
- Recover decayed teeth Improve severely stained teeth
- Fill in spaces between teeth
- Lengthen stubby or small teeth
- Reshape one or multiple teeth
- Attractive alternative to silver fillings
- Minimally invasive and cost-effective
- The entire procedure is done in one dental visit
- Fix enamel erosion
Dental bonding is a beautiful alternative to dental prosthetics like porcelain veneers or dental crowns without removing any of your natural tooth structure. Our Colorado Springs dentist can complete the entire procedure quickly, and you will walk away with a brand new smile. The best part may be the low cost of your smile makeover as compared to other cosmetic dental procedures in Colorado Springs.
Your regular dental check-up is a perfect time to talk to Dr. Mike Terveen about your cosmetic options and which one checks all your boxes.
How the Bonding Process Works
Dr. Terveen begins the process by roughening the surface of your tooth and applying a conditioning liquid that allows the bonding material to attach more easily and permanently. Then the bonding material, a putty-like resin, is applied to your tooth and molded for your specific needs.
The color of the resin is professionally matched to the shade of your natural teeth to ensure that nobody but you knows you’ve had the work done. Once we smooth the resin, we use an ultraviolet light to harden it. The resin is then polished, and you’re ready to go!
Cosmetic Dental Bonding Restrictions
If you have significant decay or a fractured tooth, bonding (or composite fillings) may not offer enough stability to protect your tooth. The effectiveness of bonding is best when the cosmetic flaws are small and do not compromise the overall structure of your tooth.
As with all dentistry, the wear and tear from day-to-day use may cause damage over time and eventually need replacement. If you maintain your regular dental exams and dental cleanings, and if you wear a protective nightguard if you need one, you can prolong the life of your dentistry.
Dr. Terveen can advise Colorado Springs patients whether dental bonding is a good option for their smile flaws, in some cases a porcelain veneer or dental crown is a better option.
Caring for Your Teeth After Bonding
You don’t have to change a thing! Dental bonding requires no special aftercare; in fact, it’s as easy as caring for your natural teeth. We recommend that you continue to brush and floss as you normally would to keep your teeth beautiful and healthy. We’ll keep an eye on your bonding at your routine dental visits and make sure that it’s in good shape. If necessary, bonding is easy to repair. Dr. Terveen will examine your dental bonding to make sure it is still sealed and in one piece.
If Dr. Terveen uses the material as a filling, we will check to make sure it has not moved to allow food particles and bacteria in, which will lead to tooth decay. While tooth-colored composite resin may look and feel just like your existing teeth, it is not as tough and can stain easily. This means that coffee, wine, tea, and tobacco products can make your dental bonding look yellow or brown. At Springs Family Dental, we advise patients to wait for at least 48 hours before imbibing foods and beverages that can stain your teeth.
Dental bonding can help you regain your ability to chew, bite, and speak—but it is easier to break than enamel, so take care when eating hard candy, ice, and similar materials. Maintaining your composite bonding means avoiding anything that can chip your teeth. Diligent dental hygiene, coupled with regular dental cleanings and check-ups at our Colorado Springs dental office, is sure to keep your smile shining!
Schedule Your Dental Bonding Appointment Today!
When you catch your smile in the reflection, do you like what you see? You can have a polished and beautiful look that is easily ruined by an imperfect smile. A flawed smile can affect how others view us, how we view ourselves, and our general level of happiness—which is noticeable to other people.
No one should have to live with a smile that doesn't fulfill them, or even worse, embarrasses them. Dr. Terveen is a highly skilled cosmetic dentist that can design a unique smile makeover treatment plan that fits your personality, style, and budget. Together, we will go over all your cosmetic dental options to determine which ones work best for you. Many Colorado Springs patients opt for multiple cosmetic dental procedures to reach their smile goals.
If you’re ready for a new look, give our dental team a call today at (719) 634-4805. We’ll find a time that works for you. Then Dr. Terveen can discuss your options and help you decide on the treatment that will give you the results you want.
We look forward to seeing you and helping you achieve your dream smile.