Dental Bonding: The Fast, Affordable Method for Repairing Damaged Teeth
Bonding is often considered a simplified version of a veneer or a crown, as it is far less intensive or invasive of a procedure. Bonding is also an affordable and quick solution for repairing chipped, jagged, gapped, or discolored teeth. In most cases, bonding can be completed in a single dental visit.
How Dental Bonding Works
The dental bonding procedure, sometimes referred to as cosmetic tooth bonding, takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth and is typically done as follows:
- Prep: The surface of the tooth is roughened slightly and then receives a coat of conditioning liquid.
- Apply: A tooth-colored resin that matches the color of your teeth is applied to the tooth or teeth that are in need of a repair or more robust tooth structure.
- Sculpt: The resin is cured and hardened with a special light to bond it to your teeth and then is carefully sculpted to blend with your existing teeth so that it looks natural in color, shape, and size.
- Polish: The newly bonded teeth are polished until they shine.
Consider that each tooth is being worked on individually as a miniature piece of art. You’re having the bonding done not just to repair damage or to make sure your teeth are completely functional again – you want your grin to look good too.
Smiles that are repaired with dental bonding look flawless, offering the same kind of amazing results as porcelain veneers. Though many patients prefer bonding to veneers for cost reasons, veneers are more durable and longer-lasting than bonding. Bonding materials usually last for three to 10 years before needing to be touched up or replaced – and, for many people, that’s a good enough guarantee to choose this cosmetic dentistry option over any other. It’s important to discuss with your dentist all of the potential cosmetic dentistry solutions that will work for your particular oral health concerns.
The Versatility of Dental Bonding
Bonding is one of the most versatile cosmetic dentistry solutions and can be used in a variety of situations for dental repairs. If you have teeth or a tooth that fits into any of the following categories, bonding could be a viable option for you:
You may be surprised to discover that bonding can be used as a filling alternative and repair a decayed tooth or fully restore badly damaged teeth, but this is one dental solution that offers maximum benefits with minimum commitment. In some cases, bonding counteracts gum recession and is used to protect a portion of the root that has been exposed.
For many people, it’s a gift to be able to have the shape of their teeth altered or to easily have gaps between their teeth closed. You can go from having short, oddly sized, or uneven teeth to flashing a smile that’s a flattering size, shape, and shade, and just right for you. Bonding can make teeth look longer, and they are sometimes used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings.
Taking Care of Dental Bonding Work
While porcelain veneers are made of non-staining porcelain, the resin used in bonding can be stained, particularly right after application. Avoid tea, coffee, red wine, smoking, acidic foods, or stain-inducing culprits within the first 48 hours after the procedure is complete. If you follow this advice and brush and floss your teeth daily and have them cleaned professionally twice a year by a dental hygienist, your dental bonding – and all of your cosmetic and restorative dentistry work – should last for years.
Don’t think you can’t afford a solution for your smile. Visit Dr. Shaista Najmi at Ivory Dental to discuss whether dental bonding is right for you.