Cosmetic dentistry procedures focus on improving the aesthetics of patients’ smiles. While there are a number of different options available to address cosmetic imperfections, cosmetic dental bonding is useful in addressing multiple imperfections at once. Dr. Gerald Regni can determine if a patient is a good cosmetic dental bonding candidate during a consultation at our Philadelphia, PA practice.
To determine if you are a good candidate for cosmetic dental bonding, Dr. Regni will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums. He will ask what you like and dislike about your smile and what you would like to change. This will help him assess your candidacy for cosmetic dental bonding. Below are some of the factors he will consider when assessing your candidacy for the procedure.
Cosmetic dental bonding can address many minor imperfections. The procedure is especially ideal for patients struggling with more than one imperfection. If you have any of the following, cosmetic dental bonding can help.
- One or more teeth that are chipped or cracked
- Teeth that are stained and do not respond to professional whitening treatments
- Misshaped teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Teeth that are slightly crooked
It is important to note that more severe structural issues, such as tooth fractures, typically require more extensive treatment, such as a filling or crown. If you previously wore braces and were left with stains caused by the dental cement used, dental bonding can help mask those stains as well.
Poor Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
The porcelain veneers procedure involves the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel. This prevents a bulky appearance that can make your smile look unnatural. Unfortunately, some patients are already missing some of their enamel, typically due to erosion from certain foods and beverages. For these patients, removing more of the enamel would compromise the tooth structure and cause greater sensitivity.
Cosmetic dental bonding does not require any alteration of the tooth. The composite resin material is layered over the natural tooth, leaving the enamel in tact. This eliminates the risk of increasing tooth sensitivity from removing more enamel.
Good Oral Health
For consideration for any cosmetic procedure, we require all patients to have good oral health. You must be free from cavities and gum disease. If Dr. Regni detects either of these during his examination, he will have to address the complications prior to performing your cosmetic dental bonding procedure. Typically, he does not recommend the procedure to patients who smoke. Composite resin is not stain-resistant, so tobacco use will stain the material over time. Unlike your natural teeth, we cannot whiten the material. Once it is stained, we must remove it and leave it off or replace it with porcelain veneers.
Cosmetic dental bonding is a less expensive procedure compared to porcelain veneers. Both procedures can achieve similar results. For patients with concerns about budget, this can make cosmetic dental bonding a more attractive option.
Find Out if You Are a Candidate
To find out if cosmetic dental bonding is right for you, contact our office to schedule your consultation.