Dental bonding is a restoration procedure in which a tooth-colored resin is bonded to a tooth and cured with an ultraviolet light. Bonding is faster and less expensive than veneers or crowns, and can thus be a good option to make small cosmetic improvements to your teeth. Unlike veneers and crowns, bonding can be done within one office visit since nothing has to be custom made by a dental laboratory. Additionally, the procedure typically requires removing less of the tooth enamel compared to veneers and crowns. However, since bonding typically doesn’t last as long as other forms of restoration and is less resistant to stains, it is used more often for small cosmetic touch ups rather than major restorations.
Reasons for Cosmetic Bonding
There are many reasons why you may want to get cosmetic dental bonding:
- Restoring badly discolored teeth
- Closing spaces or gaps
- Protecting roots exposed by receding gums
- Fixing chipped teeth
- Lengthening uneven teeth
- Fixing decayed teeth
As with other cosmetic procedures, bonding can discolor and wear over time unless you keep brushing and flossing the treated teeth daily. With good oral hygiene, the resin will often last for many years.
How it’s done
The bonding procedure typically requires between 30 to 60 minutes to complete for each tooth. First the dentist determines exactly what color shade your teeth are to select a resin that will blend in naturally. Once this is done, the dentist will prepare the tooth so the bonding material will adhere easier. This involves roughening the surface of the affected tooth and applying a liquid conditioner. Once this is complete, the dentist will apply the resin to the tooth, and cure it in place using an ultraviolet light. Finally, the dentist will apply the finishing touches by shaping and polishing the resin for a good fit.
If you have stains, chips, cracks, or other damage to your teeth, get in touch with the compassionate dental team at Parthenia Family Dental. With a little dental bonding, you could be well on your way to achieving the smile of your dreams.