Is Dental Bonding Right for You?
Damaged, chipped, or cracked teeth take away from the appearance of a smile and can make anyone feel insecure. If you have any of these dental issues, dental bonding may be the cosmetic dentistry procedure for you.
What is dental bonding?
This procedure is when a composite resin (color-matched to the natural teeth) is applied directly to a tooth, then shaped to the desired appearance. The resin material used is biocompatible; in fact, it’s the same material that is used for dental fillings. It’s most appropriate for cases where only one or a few teeth need adjustments.
Most Common Issues
Dental bonding is most commonly used to fix issues having to do with the appearance of the teeth. Chips and cracks can be patched up; the size and shape of the tooth can be altered; it can even help fill in small gaps in between teeth. Bonding can also be used to adjust the color of the tooth and to cover exposed tooth roots caused by decay or gum disease.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Like with any other dental treatment, dental bonding is not a perfect solution. It cannot cover large areas, so if you need a full-smile cosmetic restoration, it probably isn’t the best option. However, it is usually more affordable compared to other methods of dental restoration, and faster because it is applied directly to the teeth. It usually does not require any anesthesia as it is a non-invasive procedure, and it does not require any trimming to the teeth. This means that the tooth maintains its structural integrity.
If dental bonding sounds like the right procedure for you, schedule an appointment with your dentist for a consultation.