Dental bonding is a fast and relatively inexpensive cosmetic procedure in which resin is used to repair things like chipped or cracked teeth and gaps between teeth. This is an excellent option that New Heights Dental & Braces offers to our patients who are interested in improving the way their smile looks.
Who Benefits From Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is usually used to improve the look of a patient's smile. Good candidates for this procedure are people with the following conditions:
||Chipped or cracked teeth
||Gaps between their teeth
This procedure is sometimes recommended for patients with gummy smiles (where only a small portion of the crown is visible), and those who have teeth with uneven shapes. Some teenagers or young adults who haven't lost a baby tooth can also take advantage of dental bonding.
How Dental Bonding Works
Bonding is one of the easiest cosmetic procedure available, and this is why many patients choose this option. It also requires little preparation of the tooth.
One of the best things about dental bonding is that anesthesia is generally not needed unless a cavity is being filled. Our dentist starts by smoothing the surface of the tooth and then applying a conditioner which will help the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The next step is to prepare the tooth-colored resin paste that will be applied, smoothed, and shaped to look like your tooth.
Our dentist then uses laser light to harden the resin. Once the bonding is set, we will smooth, and reshape the tooth as needed and finish by polishing it to make it match the rest of your teeth.
Dental bonding can take between 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
Pros and Cons of Dental Bonding
One of the most significant advantages of dental bonding is that it's cheaper and faster than other cosmetic procedures such as veneers or crowns. In these cases, the new pieces are made off-site, and the procedure requires multiple visits to our office. Bonding is also minimally invasive, and the surface of the enamel remains intact for the most part. In most cases, dental bonding can be completed without any anesthesia or numbing to the area. An exception is when we use bonding to fill a cavity. In this situation, the tooth needs to be drilled to remove the decay, in preparation for the bonding.
Some of the disadvantages of dental bonding are that the material can chip or crack more easily than compounds we use for other cosmetic procedures. The tooth-colored resin also stains at a higher rate than other materials and don't last as long as veneers, for example.
Bonded teeth need to be cared for in the same way as your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing daily, and regular checkups will keep your bonded teeth looking just like they did on the first day. Because the material is not as durable as other more permanent solutions, you must be careful not to bite on hard foods or objects.
For more information about dental bonding call New Heights Dental & Braces at (210) 828-5300 today.