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Are You a Candidate for Cosmetic Dental Bonding?

By Joe McIntyre, DDS on June 10, 2017

Woman smiling, showing off her newly bonded teethIf you would like to rejuvenate and revitalize your smile in an instant, then you may be an ideal candidate for cosmetic dental bonding, one of the most transformative and popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry. We are proud to offer a comprehensive range of procedures designed to make over virtually any smile at Smiles for Life Dental Care, including porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and custom-crafted dental crowns. Of these, cosmetic dental bonding is one of the most cost-effective and elegant.

Not all patients are good candidates for cosmetic dental bonding. Dr. Joe McIntyre and Dr. Dan Whiting carefully evaluate all cosmetic dental bonding candidates at our Harrisonburg, VA cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice to ensure that they will fully benefit from the procedure before allowing them to proceed. If they feel that another cosmetic dentistry procedure is more appropriate in their particular cases, they will advise them openly and honesty of this.

Are you a good candidate for cosmetic dental bonding? If you would like to find out, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. McIntyre or Dr. Whiting at Smiles for Life Dental Care today.

Evaluating Your Candidacy for Cosmetic Dental Bonding

The most important criterion for any cosmetic dentistry procedure is good oral health. In order to undergo cosmetic dental bonding, you must be free from advanced gum disease, or periodontitis. Gum disease is the number-one cause of tooth loss among adults. It would make no sense to perform a cosmetic treatment to improve the appearance of your teeth if they were at risk for being lost. If you do have oral health problems, these will have to be addressed before we can perform dental bonding or any other cosmetic treatments.

Otherwise, you may be a good candidate for cosmetic dental bonding if you:

  • Want a cost-effective alternative to porcelain veneers: Porcelain veneers are considered the most natural-looking of all the cosmetic treatments because porcelain shares light-reflecting properties with enamel. Enamel, like porcelain, is translucent, which means that it allows some light to pass through its surface rather than simply reflecting it. However, the composite resin material used in dental bonding is still extremely natural looking and produces excellent results at a generally lower cost.
  • Want to undergo a procedure that is not permanent: Porcelain veneers require the removal of a thin layer of enamel from your teeth before their placement. As a result, you must always wear veneers, even after your initial veneers become dislodged or damaged. Dental bonding, on the other hand, is a reversible procedure. If you do not wish to undergo a second procedure after the bonding material has expired, you do not have to.
  • Would like to try out your smile makeover before committing to porcelain veneers: You can try out your cosmetically improved smile using dental bonding before permanently altering your teeth with porcelain veneers.

Learn More about Cosmetic Dental Bonding Candidacy

To find out whether you are a candidate for cosmetic dental bonding, please contact our cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice today.

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