Dental bonding can correct teeth that are chipped, broken, have large gaps between teeth, or are severely discolored. They are considered to be one of the most cost effective options. With dental bonding, composite resin is applied to the tooth in order to repair it or improve its appearance. This procedure takes less time to complete in comparison to other types of procedures that may take multiple visits. The composite resin bonds to the tooth once it has been applied and set.
How Bonding Works
In most cases treatment can be completed in just one visit. The length and number of visits depends on the extent of work needed as well as the number of teeth.
A dental professional applies the resin to the tooth or teeth in question after using a process to roughen the tooth surface. This is done to ensure the resin bonds securely to the tooth. Once applied, the resin is shaped and smoothed. An ultraviolet light or laser is then used to harden the resin. The bonding is then finished and polished to achieve the ideal shape and result.
Before and After Pictures
Who can benefit from bonding?
Bonding is a cosmetic procedure that can benefit people who have cosmetic issues with a tooth or multiple teeth. This could be the ideal solution for patients experiencing:
Discoloration | Patients who have severely discolored teeth that cannot be corrected with whitening
Chipped or broken teeth | Patients with chipped teeth
Gaps between the teeth | Patients with gaps or spacing between teeth
Short or misshaped teeth | Patients who want to lengthen or change the shape of their teeth
Compared to porcelain veneers, dental bonding is a more cost effective option and a faster one. One drawback with dental bonding is that the composite resin can stain more easily. We encourage patients who have dental bonding to avoid smoking and to be careful about consuming foods and drinks that can stain.