If you are looking for a convenient, inexpensive, but attractive way to reshape chipped teeth or close a gap in your smile, then dental bonding may be the right choice for you. Dental bonding can be used for many minor cosmetic problems with your teeth, can be completed in a single visit, and is much less expensive than many other cosmetic dentistry options you may have considered. When it’s performed by a skilled cosmetic dentist, it can also yield very attractive results.
To learn whether dental bonding is the right cosmetic dentistry solution for you, please call (845) 783-6466 today for an appointment with a Harriman cosmetic dentist at Harriman Family Dental.
What Can Dental Bonding Do?
Dental bonding is a very flexible cosmetic dentistry procedure. It can be used to fix many common cosmetic complaints, including:
- Chipped teeth
- Small cosmetic cracks (craze lines)
- Small or poorly shaped teeth
- Gaps in your smile
And those are just the common applications. There are actually many, many situations where dental bonding can produce a quality fix.
Being flexible isn’t the only thing that makes dental bonding popular. It also offers many advantages, including:
- Can be completed in one visit
- Conservative treatment
- Attractive results
- Low cost
Perhaps the best advantage of dental bonding is that it can be completed in one visit. That makes it ideal for handling emergency situations where you have chipped a tooth and want to get it fixed right away. If you have a meeting, public appearance, photo shoot, or other special occasion and don’t want to show your chipped tooth, dental bonding is a lifesaver.
It doesn’t require much to be done to your teeth to prepare them. Sometimes all we need to do is an acid etch to roughen the surface so the bonding can bond. Other times, a little reshaping can improve the results.
When performed by a skilled cosmetic dentist, dental bonding can be very attractive, especially when it’s newly polished. It won’t be noticeable to most people.
Dental bonding does have some limitations, though, that make it not the right choice for every situation. Some of the limitations include:
- Not very durable
- Vulnerable to staining
- Depends on the expertise of your dentist
The biggest drawback of dental bonding is that its results don’t last very long. It can wear away or break off, and long before it has technically failed, it can lose its luster and stand out against your teeth. Overall ,dental bonding is expected to last only a few years.
Even worse, it is vulnerable to staining. If you drink coffee, tea, or red wine, dental bonding will stain faster than your natural teeth, and it won’t respond to teeth whitening.
Another problem with bonding is that although it can look good, it can also look very bad. It depends on the expertise of your dentist. Before you agree to dental bonding with a dentist, look at before and after images of their own bonding work–you need to know it was their work!
When these limitations are too great, we can address the same problems using porcelain veneers or dental crowns, which are more expensive and take two visits to complete, but can last for decades or more and are very resistant to staining.
How It Works
Dental bonding is performed with the same composite resin (plastic embedded with ceramic pieces to add strength) that can be used for tooth-colored fillings.
It begins as a soft putty that can be applied to the tooth and shaped to fit the situation. For chips, it is shaped to emulate the lost part of the tooth. For unattractively shaped teeth, it is shaped to match the opposite tooth. For closing a tooth gap, the teeth on either side of the gap are enlarged slightly to close the gap.
Once the bonding is properly shaped, a curing light is used to harden the material. Because the light needs to be able to penetrate the entire area, large bondings are done in stages.