When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, it’s not always about what’s hot and trending – it’s about what’s right for you. That being said, just like any field or industry, there are definite trends in cosmetic dentistry, and it’s easy to see that what patients want is results they can count on. That’s why treatments such as Invisalign and veneers are still as popular as ever, while cosmetic bonding, which has been nipping at their heels for a long time, could be about to overtake both when it comes to taking the crown of popularity.
What even is cosmetic bonding anyway?
Cosmetic bonding is also known as composite bonding and dental bonding. Fast, effective, and minimally-invasive cosmetic bonding evens out teeth for a more symmetrical and aesthetically-pleasing smile. Minimally-invasive means there aren’t any drills or injections involved, so you don’t have to be worried about feeling uncomfortable or even nervous when it comes to receiving the treatment. It also means there’s no downtime, and it can usually be carried out pretty quickly.
What issues can cosmetic bonding treat?
Cosmetic bonding is great at creating a final finish for a smile and at evening out a smile that may look uneven in some way. Some of the issues cosmetic bonding can address include closing small gaps, reshaping or contouring the teeth, covering up small cracks and chips, and hiding some minor tooth rotation.
Cosmetic bonding or Invisalign?
There’s no need for competition when it comes to cosmetic bonding Vs. Invisalign: the two work their best magic when they work together. In fact, we often recommend cosmetic bonding as a finishing treatment for a variety of other cosmetic dentistry treatments – not just Invisalign, but teeth whitening too. Invisalign can realign the teeth in a way cosmetic bonding simply can’t, but cosmetic bonding can address several issues that may still be present at the end of your course of Invisalign. This includes any chips or cracks you might have.
Is cosmetic bonding the new veneers?
While there’s no denying that cosmetic bonding can treat some of the same issues that veneers can, there are still cases where veneers are a much more appropriate approach for the patient. Veneers can produce a whole smile transformation, whereas cosmetic bonding is about fine-tuning and perfecting a smile. More recently, composite veneers have meant that we can apply veneers in a similar way to cosmetic bonding, which can be faster and more comfortable for the patient than traditional porcelain veneers.
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