Our dentists recommend bonding when you need to immediately and inexpensively correct small gaps between front teeth, small chips or cracks, bleach-resistant stains, or uneven teeth. We apply a protective coating on the teeth and etch the enamel surfaces with a mild acidic solution to help the cosmetic bonding (composite resin) material adhere. We then apply a layer of composite resin to each surface and shape and polish it to create the smile you want.
Cosmetic bonding provides a natural, beautiful smile. Although it is not as strong or durable as porcelain veneers and some other treatments, bonding is quick and less costly.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is sometimes considered a cosmetic dentistry treatment as it can be used to improve the appearance of your teeth. It is a fairly common procedure used to correct numerous dental issues that may be moderate to mild. Dental bonding is not generally used when more extensive correction or repair is needed and your dentist will be able to determine the limitations of dental bonding as it applies to your smile.
An additional advantage to dental bonding is that it can be used to restore cavities or fillings. Patients who have unattractive silver or amalgam fillings can have them replaced with tooth-colored fillings that are made to match the natural color of their teeth. Dental bonding also gives the added benefit of not expanding and contracting when coming in contact with hot or cold foods or drinks. Silver or amalgam fillings do not contain the same properties and are often responsible for the fracture of teeth.
Dental Bonding Consultation
If you are interested in dental bonding you will first consult with your dentist to determine if it is right for your situation. Your dentist will conduct a thorough examination on your teeth and gums, taking x-rays to determine the condition of your teeth. If you have teeth that are decayed, cracked, chipped, have gaps, or are discolored, dental bonding can be used to help you. As mentioned above dental bonding does have limitations and this examination will determine if there is a better solution for your dental health as well as your appearance goals. Often patients who can’t benefit from dental bonding will be asked to consider more permanent restorations such as porcelain veneers, dental crowns, or other treatments.
To learn more about dental bonding or to schedule a consultation contact our office today.