What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a type of cosmetic procedure that works to improve the look and shape of your smile. Bonding is often done only on the front teeth to cover minor flaws and imperfections. It can be done to enhance teeth that have chipped, cracked or that have spaces and gaps between them. The bonding work can last for about a decade before the material may need to be replaced.
Why would Dental Bonding be needed?
The reason you might benefit from dental bonding is because your teeth are cracked, chipped, spaced or have gaps between them. Rather than simply live with these flaws, bonding can be done to reshape your smile. The procedure is incredibly noninvasive, and most patients won’t even need anesthetic for the material to be placed. Because we match the material perfectly to the color of your teeth, it will blend in seamlessly and look completely natural.
Who is a candidate for Dental Bonding?
Bonding is ideal for any patient who may need to have this procedure done. Your front teeth should be otherwise healthy and free of decay. If you need additional treatment, we will recommend that you have it done prior to the bonding being placed. If you have old areas of bonding that are beginning to show signs of wear, we can easily replace the material in our office.
What happens during the Dental Bonding procedure?
The first step is to prepare the tooth to be bonded. This is done by slightly smoothing and roughing up the surface of the front tooth. A bonding etching gel is applied to the tooth and washed away. This will help the bonding to adhere better to the tooth so that it does not fall away. We then place a carefully matched piece of composite resin to the front tooth. It is detailed and smoothed into place before being cured with a bright light to harden it. You can brush and floss around the bonded area as you would any of your other natural teeth.
If you would like to learn more about bonding and how it is done, call us today so that we can get you in for a convenient consultation appointment.