If you’re thinking about getting dental bonding to improve your smile, you may be wondering if it will affect your oral health. Does dental bonding ruin your teeth, or require the removal of any enamel?
The answer to both of those questions is “no.” And in this blog from Cornerstone Dentistry, we’ll go over the facts about dental bonding, how it works, and why some people have the incorrect assumption that it “ruins” your teeth.
Dental bonding does not affect the health of your teeth at all. It’s a purely “additive” procedure. In other words, a dentist like Dr. Keleigh Lascari will add material to your teeth to correct their shape. There is no need to remove any natural enamel.
The procedure is actually kind of like getting a composite filling for a cavity. But instead of restoring a hole in your tooth, Dr. Lascari applies the material to the outside of your tooth, hardening it and sculpting it to improve the appearance of the tooth.
Because there’s no need to remove any enamel, dental bonding doesn’t “ruin” your teeth. In fact, the treatment is fully reversible. If you ever want to reverse your treatment, a dentist like Dr. Lascari can gently remove the composite material from your tooth, leaving your enamel completely intact.
So, why do people think that dental bonding ruins your teeth? They may be thinking of porcelain veneers. Veneers are very thin, tooth-shaped shells of porcelain. They fit over your teeth to cover up cosmetic flaws.
And, unlike dental bonding, veneers require you to have some natural enamel removed during the treatment process. This has to be done to expose fresh enamel, and to ensure the veneers don’t add bulk to your teeth. This enamel can’t be restored, so the process is irreversible.
However, veneers don’t “ruin” your teeth, either. That’s a misconception, too. After your veneers are in place, your teeth will be just as strong and healthy as they were before your cosmetic dentistry treatment.
It is true that if your veneers were to be removed, your teeth would be weaker. But as long as they remain in place, your teeth will be just as strong (if not stronger) than they were before your treatment began. And because veneers usually last 10-20 years and can easily be replaced if they break or wear out, this is not a big concern.
At Cornerstone Dentistry, Dr. Keleigh Lascari is always here to help you get the cosmetic care you need. Whether you’re interested in dental bonding or porcelain veneers, our team can help you explore your options.
Contact us online or call today at (985) 869-8020 to schedule an appointment, and take the first steps toward a better smile. At your consultation, Dr. Lascari can explain both dental bonding and veneers, and help you decide which treatment is right for you.