CREATING BEAUTIFUL SMILES WITH
Smiling with confidence is difficult when your teeth are discolored or chipped. Dental bonding is a type of service that can help enhance the aesthetics of your teeth and smile. Patients often overlook bonding in favor of other cosmetic procedures like porcelain veneers and dental crowns. You need to consider all of your treatment options so that you achieve the best result for yourself and your individual needs.
Dental bonding is an inexpensive and simple cosmetic procedure involving the placement of a special resin onto a damaged tooth. This resin will be colored to match the rest of your teeth. A special ultraviolet light is used to bond the resin onto the tooth.
Dental bonding can be used to correct the following:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Stains and discoloration
- Gaps between teeth
Bonding is a fast and simple procedure that does not require any downtime, so you will be able to resume your normal schedule immediately after your appointment. It also does not require anesthesia, as is needed with filling cavities or other procedures. The length of a dental bonding procedure depends upon how many issues must be corrected.
After your dental bonding procedure, very little maintenance will be required. You just need to be sure to maintain your normal oral hygiene routine, including regularly brushing and flossing.
Dental Bonding: Pros and Cons
Whenever you are considering any type of procedure, it is important to carefully weigh the pros and cons so that you can make an informed decision about your dental care.
Dental bonding is one of the simplest and least expensive dental procedures that you can have performed. It only requires one office visit and no customized fitting. So you will not be required to be fitted with a temporary mold. All of the molding and contouring is done right in the office while your teeth are being bonded.
Another key advantage to dental bonding is that it does not require a great amount of tooth enamel to be removed in comparison to dental crowns or veneers. Tooth enamel is vital for your oral health because it protects your teeth from tooth decay.
Dental bonding does not require any anesthesia and is not painful. Composite resin is stronger than dental amalgam and naturally blends in with surrounding teeth.
Although the resin used in dental bonding is resistant to stains, it is not superior to crowns or veneers in this department. It is also not as durable.
Types of Bonding
Dental bonding is available in two basic types: adhesive and direct composite.
This involves some etching onto the surface of the tooth and the use of a special curing light for the attachment of the tooth restoration. It is most appropriate for porcelain veneers, fillings, and crowns containing no metal.
Direct Composite Bonding
This is the most popular type of bonding procedure, involving the creation of a special resin matching the color of your teeth. The material is skillfully molded to fit your teeth, and applied with a bonding agent. Finally, a UV light is used to cure the resin, which can be further contoured after hardening.