With social media, people are seeing more and more of their smiles — so, of course, nothing less than perfection will do. If there is a minor flaw in your smile that is bothering you, you should do something to correct it. That something is an easy fix with a safe and quick procedure called cosmetic bonding.
As we all know, sometimes the little things make a big difference. Such is the case with dental bonding in State College. For instance, perhaps you have a small chip in one of your front teeth. With cosmetic bonding, Dr. Marks can smooth or fill in that chip so your tooth looks whole again. Likewise, he can use cosmetic bonding to repair a broken tooth or a tooth that has always been misshapen or too small, or even to make crooked teeth or teeth with gaps between them look well aligned.
Despite its simplicity, cosmetic bonding does require a certain skill and artistry in order to achieve the desired results—a tooth that looks attractive and natural. During the dental bonding process, Dr. Marks uses a small amount of composite resin material, applies it to your tooth and then carefully molds the material to a perfect finish.
You may already have composite resin material in your mouth and not even realize it. Have you had a cavity filled fairly recently? If so, then chances are Dr. Marks used this same material to fill your tooth. Composite resin is made of medical grade plastic and glass; the material is strong and biocompatible. Furthermore, Dr. Marks can blend several shades of composite resin in order to exactly match the color of your existing tooth. The result is a tooth that is complementary to the shape and color of your smile.
After the tooth is isolated, dried and an adhesive is applied, Dr. Marks applies a small amount of composite resin, shapes it and dries the material with a special curing light. If necessary, another layer is applied and dried until Dr. Marks sees that the shape he wants for your tooth is achieved. Finally, the tooth is polished to a sheen that matches your other teeth. With proper care—don’t bite on anything hard—cosmetic bonding can last for five to 10 years.