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Have you chipped a tooth and want to make it whole again? Or maybe you want to eliminate a gap between your teeth? If you want to solve either of these problems in a single visit with a quick, attractive, and economical treatment, then you’re looking for dental bonding. Dental bonding uses a composite material to reshape teeth, giving them a more attractive appearance. When performed by a talented and experienced cosmetic dentist, dental bonding is a great option for minor cosmetic repairs and improvements.
When Dental Bonding Can Help
Dental bonding is a very flexible cosmetic dentistry treatment, and it can be used to fix cosmetic problems like:
- Chipped teeth
- Craze lines and other small cosmetic cracks
- Teeth that are small or poorly shaped
- Gaps between teeth
And, really, many more situations that we can’t list here–it’d take days to read. There are many situations where dental bonding works, either as a long-term solution or as a short-term fix while we’re designing a more permanent treatment.
Benefits of Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is a very popular procedure because it offers many attractive benefits, including:
- Many potential applications (see above)
- Only one visit required
- Preserves natural tooth
- Great-looking results
- Low cost
Perhaps one of the most attractive benefits of dental bonding is that it can be used for emergency tooth repairs that are completed in one visit. If you chipped a tooth, you can have that tooth restored today. Whether you want that chipped tooth repaired just for yourself or because you have a public appearance coming up, dental bonding can be a blessing.
Dental bonding usually doesn’t require that we remove any of your natural tooth material. Your teeth won’t be ground down at all, just roughened a little with a light acid etch to help the bonding hold.
But the results are really attractive, especially when your cosmetic dentist is very skilled with bonding. The material can be blended to match your natural tooth color so that no one will even notice it.
And dental bonding is a fraction of the cost of porcelain veneers and other competing treatments.
Limitations of Dental Bonding
But dental bonding does have some limitations that may mean it’s not right for your situation. The weaknesses of dental bonding include:
- Short lifespan
- Can lose polish
- Vulnerability to stain
- Not all dentists are good at it
Dental bonding is not a very strong material, and in some applications its lifespan may be very short. It can be a long-lasting material in the right situations, but when it is put in situations where it has to bear a lot of force, it doesn’t last as long as ceramic restorations like porcelain veneers or crowns. Sometimes, dental bonding isn’t strong enough to be used for your situation.
Dental bonding looks very attractive when it’s polished, but it can lose its polish. When this happens, the luster of the material is more apparent, and it can look less natural.
Dental bonding can also absorb staining molecules and become discolored.
And because dental bonding depends on the talent of your dentist, it doesn’t always yield good results. The cosmetic dentists at New City Family Dental are capable of delivering quality bonding results, but beware of bargain bonding.
The Dental Bonding Procedure
Dental bonding is a simple procedure. It uses composite resin material that is very similar to what we use in white fillings. This is a plastic that is embedded with small flecks of ceramic for strength.
The resin initially begins as a paste–it comes in different textures so it’s easy to work and shape depending on the situation. Your cosmetic dentist will apply the paste to your tooth or teeth, then harden it with a light that catelyzes the plastic. Depending on the size of the area being treated, this may be done in several steps, which actually helps give the restoration a layered appearance.
Once the resin reaches the desired shape, it is polished to give it a tooth-like luster.