Fortunately, these imperfections can be easily fixed with a relatively quick and completely painless procedure known as dental bonding.
What is Dental Bonding?Dental bonding is a malleable composite resin material that is applied to imperfections in your teeth and shaped to provide a more natural appearance. After it is shaped, it is hardened with a special light and polished to a smooth finish. The material matches the color of your natural teeth, providing you with a beautiful smile, and it can be used to fix a variety of issues:
|•||Minor chips and cracks.|
|•||Gaps between teeth.|
|•||Cavities left behind by decay.|
The procedure for bonding is simple and doesn't require any anesthesia. First, the surface of the tooth is roughened with an acidic gel. Once the gel is cleaned off and the tooth dried, the material is applied and shaped. It is then hardened and polished.
Benefits of BondingDental bonding offers a few benefits. First, it is quick, taking only a single visit, unlike other cosmetic fixes such as veneers and crowns. Also, unlike veneers and crowns, bonding requires no tooth removal and it is one of the least expensive options available. Despite these benefits, bonding does have a few drawbacks, one of which is staining.
What Causes Stains?While not as easily stained as your natural teeth, bonding is not impervious to stains. There are several things that can lead to bonding discoloration:
|•||Beverages such as coffee, tea and red wine.|
|•||Heavily pigmented foods, such as dark berries, tomatoes and curries.|
|•||Smoking. Chemicals in cigarettes, namely tar and nicotine, can quickly absorb into the bonding material and leave stains.|
Dental bonding is a great solution for many minor imperfections. Care must be taken to avoid anything that can cause stains. Proper oral hygiene, which is essential for tooth and gum health, can help to prevent discoloration. Contact our office to learn more.