With so many effective dental treatments available, it can be difficult to know which cosmetic treatment is right for you. Because recently-developed treatments such as porcelain veneers and dental implants have recently soared in popularity, it can be hard to find information about dental bonding, one of the most well-established cosmetic dentistry procedures. In this post, your Park Ridge cosmetic dentist answers the most frequently asked questions about this effective and time-tested technique.
Common Questions about Bonding
Question: What material is used for dental bonding?
Answer: Dr. Loukas uses composite resin for dental bonding. This is the same material that is used in dental fillings. The resin comes in several shades to match the color of your natural teeth, and it is quite strong, meaning it can strengthen your tooth while correcting cosmetic flaws at the same time.
Question: What cosmetic flaws can dental bonding correct?
Answer: The cosmetic applications of dental bonding are far ranging. Bonding can fill in small chips and cracks in the surface of your teeth. It can also correct discoloration, close gaps between teeth, change the appearance of misshapen teeth, and elongate worn down teeth.
Question: Should I choose bonding or teeth whitening?
Answer: It depends on the degree of discoloration. If you suffer from minor to moderate tooth discoloration, you may want to choose teeth whitening, since it is a more conservative treatment. However, traditional in-office bleaching and take-home whitening trays will not be able to correct severe stains or discolored fillings. In these instances, dental bonding is often the best choice.
Question: Should I choose bonding or dental veneers?
Answer: Veneers and dental bonding correct many of the same cosmetic problems, so your choice depends mostly on your personal preferences and budget. To place veneers, your dentist typically must remove a small portion of your dental enamel. Because the dental resin used in bonding goes directly on the surface of your teeth, some patients prefer this faster procedure. Additionally, bonding typically costs less than porcelain veneers, making it an excellent way to improve your smile while still remaining within your budget.
About Drs. Maria and Thanasi Loukas
To learn more about these two excellent cosmetic procedures, contact Park Ridge Cosmetic Dentistry today. Drs. Maria and Thanasi Loukas are experienced cosmetic dentists serving Park Ridge and the greater Chicago area. Schedule your appointment today by calling (847) 696-1919.