Dental bonding is a quick and inexpensive way to help improve your smile. The process uses tooth colored composite resin which bonds to natural teeth extremely well. This is the same material used to create white fillings for teeth.
Dental bonding can be helpful for the following situations:
- Changing the overall shape of teeth
- Repairing chipped or cracked teeth
- Improving the appearance of discolored teeth
- Closing up or minimizing spaces in between teeth
- Making teeth look longer
It is usually possible to complete this treatment in one dental visit as little preparation is required. It may not be necessary to use local anesthetic as your dentist probably won’t need to remove any tooth material.
Your dentist will select a color of composite resin that closely matches your natural teeth. Next, the tooth surface is lightly etched, roughening it slightly, as this helps to improve the bond between the tooth and the composite resin. The composite resin bonding material is applied in small increments before being hardened with a special light. Afterwards your dentist will shape the bonding material before polishing it, giving it a sheen that matches your natural teeth.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Bonding
It’s an easy way to improve your smile and can be a good affordable alternative to dental veneers. Dental bonding is a conservative treatment as there is no need to remove any of your natural tooth structure. However the material isn’t as stain resistant as porcelain veneers, and it will be necessary to renew areas that have been bonded every few years. The bonding material is not as strong as natural teeth so it’s important to make sure you don’t bite into anything too hard as this could chip or break off a piece of your bonded tooth. It’s a technique that works extremely well if you only need a few minor modifications to the appearance of your teeth.