Is Dental Bonding Right For You?

Dental bonding is a quick solution to many common cosmetic dental flaws. It’s ideal for people who have crooked teeth, but do not want to undergo orthodontics.

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To perform this procedure, your dentist roughens the surface of a tooth and then applies a blue conditioning liquid that helps the composite resin stick/adhere to it. Your dentist then bonds the resin on to improve your smile’s appearance.

Tooth Color

Bonding uses tooth-colored composite resin materials to replace and repair small areas of broken or decayed tooth structure, hide cosmetically unappealing minor defects in a tooth – such as chips, hairline fractures, discoloration and minor spacing irregularities – and enhance a smile’s appearance. Unlike traditional filling material, the composite resin actually bonds, or becomes one, with natural tooth structure for a more aesthetically appealing and functional result.

The dentist selects a shade of composite resin that closely matches the color of a patient’s teeth. The surface of the tooth is then slightly abraded and coated with a conditioning liquid to aid in adhesion. The bonding material is then applied and sculpted to the desired shape and hardened with an ultraviolet light or laser.

Teeth bonding is generally considered a minimally-invasive procedure. However, some patients may experience temporary sensitivity following treatment, particularly when the dentist works on a damaged nerve-containing portion of the tooth. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage this discomfort.

Dental bonding does not protect a tooth against damage from biting or chewing hard foods and candies, or from grinding the teeth (bruxism). Additionally, bonded teeth don’t lighten as naturally as enamel and are more susceptible to staining from coffee, red wine, or tobacco use. For these reasons, if you are considering teeth bonding for cosmetic purposes, we recommend scheduling an appointment to discuss the option of whitening your teeth before the procedure.

Tooth Shape

Since composite resin can be molded into the shape of your tooth, it’s a good choice for fixing minor cosmetic problems. Bonding conceals chips and cracks, helps close gaps between teeth, and lengthen short teeth to make the smile look more symmetrical. However, it’s important to note that dental bonding is not a good option for changing the overall shape of teeth. If you have significant cracks or chips that change the alignment of your teeth, veneers and dental crowns may be better options.

Before the dentist applies the bonding material to your tooth, he or she will need to prepare the surface. This can be done by roughening the tooth or applying a lightly etched coating and then applying a conditioning liquid, which will help the resin stick to the enamel.

After the tooth has been bonded, the dentist will smooth and shape it, so it fits with your other teeth. If there are any sharp edges, the dentist will file them down. Once the tooth is shaped, it’s hard to tell that it’s not your natural teeth.

Bonding is not as durable as porcelain veneers or dental crowns, so it’s not a good choice for those who grind their teeth (bruxism), as the force of clenching and grinding can cause the bonded tooth to chip. Bonded teeth are susceptible to decay, so it’s a good idea to brush twice a day and floss once per day to keep them healthy.

Tooth Length

Tooth bonding can fix a variety of dental problems. It’s especially useful for minor cosmetic issues like stains, chips, or gaps between teeth. It can also be used to change tooth shape and length, which can help improve misaligned jaws or uneven teeth.

The process involves applying a composite resin, similar to putty, to the tooth’s surface and then shaping it before hardening with a special light. The dentist can apply the resin to a single tooth or multiple teeth depending on the size and scope of the problem. After the bonding procedure, your dentist will polish it and smooth the surfaces to ensure a natural look.

Tooth Bonding is a quick and easy solution for common cosmetic dental concerns. However, it may not be the best treatment for severe issues like large cavities or cracked teeth. In some cases, other restorative treatments can be better options for these problems, like fillings or crowns.

During the bonding process, dentists will remove a small amount of enamel to prepare the tooth. This helps the composite resin adhere to the tooth. However, it’s important to remember that the bonded material is not as strong as your natural teeth. Therefore, you should avoid biting your nails or chewing non-food objects on the bonded tooth to prevent it from chipping or breaking. Also, it’s essential to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing twice a day and flossing regularly, to keep your smile healthy.

Tooth Size

When bonded, composite resin matches your tooth’s natural color to help it look healthy and vibrant. However, it does not last as long as porcelain restorations like veneers and crowns, and staining may cause your bonding to fade more quickly than your natural teeth. Additionally, your dentist must etch the surface of each tooth before applying bonding material, which can be uncomfortable. Finally, bonding isn’t ideal for patients with a habit of biting their nails or chewing on pens because these activities can crack or damage the bonded tooth.

Despite its limitations, dental bonding is an excellent cosmetic solution for many issues. It can fix a chipped tooth and cover a cracked one, as well as repair small cavities and prevent future deterioration. Additionally, dental bonding can help close gaps between teeth or correct crooked teeth by filling in the small space.

The length of time your dental bonding will last and how good it looks depends on how you care for your teeth. A regular oral hygiene routine including twice daily brushing with a non-abrasive toothpaste, flossing, and routine visits to the dentist for cleanings will extend the life of your bonding. You should also avoid foods and drinks that can stain the tooth-colored resin, as well as a smoking or nail biting habits. If you have any other problems with your teeth, your dentist will probably recommend treatment options such as veneers or crowns before suggesting dental bonding.