What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding uses a putty-like composite resin material to enhance and correct minor imperfections at the front of your smile. With the help of a special dental light, this material is hardened and mimics the look and feel of your natural teeth. Bonding can be used to cover gaps, spaces, cracks and chips. Most patients won’t even need anesthetic to have bonding done, and the material can last for up to 10 years.
Why would Dental Bonding be needed?
There are several reasons for why you might need or would benefit from bonding. If a front tooth has chipped, cracked or slightly broken, bonding can be used to essentially reshape and restore the tooth. This eliminates jagged edges and sharp corners that may be cutting into your tongue. For patients who have gaps and spaces between their teeth, composite bonding can be used to create a more natural and full-looking smile.
Who is a candidate for Dental Bonding?
The majority of patients who need or want bonding won’t even need anesthetic in order to place the material. This makes bonding a noninvasive cosmetic procedure for patients wanting gorgeous teeth. We can examine your smile first to determine if bonding is needed. If your front teeth are extensively damaged, we may recommend other treatments, like crowning the tooth.
What happens during the Dental Bonding process?
The first step is to prepare the tooth to be bonded. This is typically done to roughen up the surface of the tooth. We then apply a bonding gel to the tooth to improve the resin’s ability to stay in place. We carefully match the resin used to the color of your tooth so that it blends in seamlessly. The next step is to apply the resin and then cure it with a bright dental light. You can brush and floss around the bonding as you would your normal teeth.
If you would like to know more about bonding and how it’s done in our office, call us today to schedule a convenient consultation appointment.