Dental bonding is one of the treatments used to fix cosmetic issues on teeth. The composite resins used to improve the appearance of a person's teeth are also used to fill up cavities.
One of the first things people notice about a person is their smile. If you have straight, white teeth, then someone may see you as more successful or favorable over those with damaged, yellow teeth.
While this is far from the truth, your appearance does play a role in the workplace and other social settings.
Dental bonding can help to restore your teeth and make you feel more confident about your appearance.
When do dentists recommend dental bonding?
Dental bonding is typically used to address a wide range of dental issues like:
- Worn-down biting surfaces
- Minor chips
- Craze lines
- Short teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Stains and discoloration that cannot be treated with bleaching agents
Once the procedure is finished, you will instantly have a new smile.
What to expect during the procedure
A biocompatible composite is used during tooth bonding. It is made out of quartz-like materials and acrylic.
Your dentist will customize the material to match the color of your teeth. It will be nearly impossible to tell the difference between your teeth since this material blends in so well.
Anesthetics are typically not used during dental bonding since the procedure is not painful.
The dentist starts by preparing the patient's tooth. They will apply an etching solution that roughens the tooth's exterior. The rough surface creates groves that allow the composite to stick better.
Next, the dentist will match the composite to the color of the patient's real teeth and apply it directly to the tooth that is being worked on.
The material is similar to putty, and it is molded and shaped into place. Once the dentist thinks it blends in well with the surrounding teeth, they use ultraviolet light to harden the material.
The dentist will then polish the newly repaired tooth to ensure it looks just like a natural one.
The entire process normally takes less than an hour per tooth.
Advantages of dental bonding
- Composite bonding can be used to fix a variety of issues
- The composite can match the color of the patient's teeth
- It is one of the cheaper cosmetic procedures available
- Getting a tooth repaired with a composite is not painful
- There is no specialized maintenance required for the composite once it is installed
Disadvantages of dental bonding
- Composite resins are susceptible to staining
- Composite resins only last about three to five years with good oral hygiene
- Composites have to be regularly retouched to maintain their appearance
Is dental bonding for you?
If you have one of the issues listed above, then you may be a candidate for dental bonding.
Call our office to schedule an appointment. One of our dentists can examine your teeth and quickly develop a treatment plan to restore your smile.
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