Restore Your Teeth With Dental Bonding
If you’ve chipped your tooth, you have small gaps between your teeth, or your gums have receded too far, dental bonding may be just the thing for you! At Rodeo Dental & Orthodontics, we offer dental bonding to treat a number of cosmetic conditions. Dental bonding is quick, painless, does not require a shot, and is a very inexpensive way to restore your smile. Dental bonds usually last for several years before they need repairs.
Getting a Tooth Bonded
When you get a tooth bonded, the dentist uses a composite resin in a shade that closely matches the color of your existing teeth. The process is very simple:
- First, the dentist roughens the surface of the tooth slightly so that it will better hold the resin.
- Next, he or she applies a conditioning liquid and then the resin to the tooth. The dentist will mold and smooth the resin by hand.
- Once the resin is properly shaped, an ultraviolet light or laser is used to harden the material.
- The final step is any last trimming and shaping, followed by polishing so that the resin matches the sheen of your other teeth.
Dental bonding only takes 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete. It generally does not require any local anesthesia, and it offers an instant cosmetic improvement for your smile.
What Conditions Does Dental Bonding Treat?
Dental bonding is mostly used for cosmetic reasons to help improve the look of a person’s smile. It is often used to treat:
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Discolored teeth
Dental bonding can also be used to:
- Change the shape of the teeth
- Make teeth look longer
- Close spaces in between teeth
- Protect exposed roots (when the gums have receded)
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is fast, easy and inexpensive. It is a popular choice for areas with low amounts of force (like the front teeth).
Some of the advantages of tooth bonding include:
- No local anesthesia (unless a cavity is present)
- A single office visit to complete the procedure
- Minimal removal of existing tooth enamel
- No waiting on a lab to manufacture a crown or veneer
- Significantly less expensive cost as compared to other options
Some of the disadvantages of tooth bonding include:
- Less stain resistance than crowns or veneers
- Shorter overall lifespan (it lasts years rather than decades)
- Increased susceptibility to chips and breakage
Patients who choose dental bonding will need to avoid habits like nail biting and chewing on ice or pens (to avoid cracking and breaking). They will also need to make sure to clean their teeth often and to maintain regular dental appointments (to minimize staining).