Are you aware that basic lifestyle choices can lead to the loss of your teeth? On average, most adults have 25 remaining teeth. However, those with lower incomes and smokers tend to have fewer teeth. Unless you want to join the estimated four percent of adults without any remaining teeth, you need to look after your dental health. Dental bonding is a solution that you can rely upon.
Bonding is a dental procedure involving the application of a special resin that bonds to your tooth. Dental bonding is often performed to enhance or restore a person's smile. The resin is carefully graded to match the color of your tooth.
We only require a minimal amount of preparation before a dental bonding procedure. We may not even need to use anesthesia unless a decayed tooth is involved or drilling is needed. Before beginning, we will carefully select a resin color matching the color of the tooth.
We will roughen the surface of your tooth and apply a special liquid. This ensures that the bonding materials stick properly to your tooth. Next, we apply a special resin to your tooth, which is molded and smoothed into the correct shape. We then use a special curing light to harden this material. Once it has hardened completely, we will begin trimming and shaping it. We will polish it until it looks just like the rest of the tooth.
The entire dental bonding process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour to complete.
One advantage to dental bonding procedures is that they are among the simplest and most inexpensive cosmetic procedures available. Unlike crowns and veneers that involve customization and lab work, dental bonding is normally performed during one visit to our office unless multiple teeth require treatment.
Dental bonding also involves less tooth surface removal than crowns and veneers. Anesthesia is not usually needed unless the procedure is needed to fill in a cavity.
One disadvantage to the procedure is that the materials used in the process are not as stain resistant as crowns. This is also not as long-lasting a procedure as veneers, fillings or crowns.
Some dentists see bonding as most appropriate for minor cosmetic changes or for treating teeth when very little bite pressure is involved, since the material can sometimes chip or break away.
If you're looking to correct problems like chipped, cracked or discolored teeth, you may benefit from a dental bonding procedure. Bonding can also be used to close gaps between teeth or change tooth shape. If you would like to receive more information about dental bonding, we encourage you to reach out to Image Dental & Orthodontics to book your appointment.