Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that your dentist can use to enhance the appearance of your teeth and smile. Bonding helps correct minor problems like chips, cracks and stains. It involves the use of a tooth-colored composite resin placed onto treated teeth. Bonding can help to correct the following issues:
· Chipped teeth: Your dentist can place composite resin over chips, smoothing out the tooth and camouflaging the chip.
· Discolored teeth: Bonding conceals tooth discoloration that is unresponsive to teeth whitening treatments.
· Overly small teeth: An application of resin around the tooth’s edges make it appear larger.
· Gaps in smile: Small gaps between the teeth can be corrected through the application of composite resin.
· Short teeth: Your dentist can apply a composite resin to the surface of short teeth to make them appear longer.
What is composite resin?
The same material used for tooth-colored fillings is used in dental bonding. Your dentist can choose the right color of composite resin to match the color of your surrounding teeth, so your dental bond will completely blend in with the rest of your smile. Your results will appear completely natural.
Dental Bonding Benefits
Dental bonding is a very versatile cosmetic dental treatment. This affordable procedure can conceal numerous issues with only one treatment. Patients often choose bonding over alternatives like dental veneers because no tooth enamel is removed.
Undergoing a dental bonding procedure will not cause any pain, and local anesthetics do not typically need to be applied. Bonding is a fast, simple, and safe cosmetic dental procedure.
Before determining if dental bonding makes sense for your individual needs, you will need to meet with your dentist in a consultation. They will provide you with more information about dental bonding, as well as explore your treatment alternatives, such as dental crowns and porcelain veneers.
People more frequently get bonds on front teeth because they are more visible. In the case of molars, they typically need additional structural support, which is best provided by dental crowns.
What To Expect
Unless your treated tooth is extremely sensitive, your dentist can perform your bonding procedure without an anesthetic. They will select the appropriate composite color that matches your natural teeth.
They may first apply a special solution to your treated tooth to etch the enamel, improving the bond.
After your dentist has prepared your tooth, they will shape the composite resin into its desired shape. They will then press it onto your tooth and reshape it. Your dentist will shine a blue UV light onto the tooth, which causes the resin material to harden. They will then polish it, removing any sharp edges.
Your Dental Bonding Consultation
Are you ready to find out if dental bonding is right for you? Or would you like to receive more information about this cosmetic dental treatment? Don’t hesitate to contact our office today to request additional information or to schedule your dental bonding consultation.