Bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin is applied and hardened with a special light, ultimately “bonding” the material to the tooth to improve a person’s smile. Among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures, bonding can repair chipped or cracked teeth, close gaps, change the shape of teeth, or be used as a cosmetic alternative to silver amalgam fillings.
Who doesn’t like a bright smile? An assortment of teeth-whitening systems is available, including toothpastes, over-the-counter gels, strips and trays, and whitening agents obtained from a dentist. But whitening isn’t for everyone. It’s ideal for people who have healthy, unrestored teeth and gums. Individuals with yellow tones to their teeth — as opposed to gray tones — respond best. Talk to your dentist to find out if whitening is right for you.
Gum reshaping can improve a “gummy” smile in which teeth appear too short, or where the gum line appears uneven. A small amount of gum tissue — and excess bone tissue if necessary — is removed and contoured to expose more of the teeth. This procedure can be done to one tooth to even the gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile.
Opal Seal is an orthodontic sealant that is designed to safeguard your smile. Watch this video to learn more about how Opal Seal works to help care for your teeth during orthodontic treatment. Hidden Valley Orthodontics is a certified Opal Seal provider. Please ask us if you’d like to learn more about this process.