One of the common cosmetic treatment people undergoes to get the smile they want is tooth bonding. What is tooth bonding and how different is it from the rest of the cosmetic treatment available to us? Doing some research on tooth bonding help you understand the procedure and when it is needed. Our dentist is a better fit to determine whether tooth bonding is the best choice for our oral health and if we are eligible.
What Is Tooth Bonding?
Also known as dental bonding is when a tooth-colored resin material is applied to the tooth and hardened with a high-intense curing light bonding the material to the tooth. The resin material is made to blend to the color of your natural tooth done within one dental visit.
What Is It Used For?
Tooth bonding is commonly used for cosmetic treatment; however, it can be a treatment used to treat dental problems. Bonding can be considered to address the following
- Discoloration of the teeth
- Repair tooth decay
- Close gap between teeth
- Chipped or cracked tooth
- Alter the shape of the tooth
- Make them longer
- Alternative to amalgam fillings
- Protect the root of the tooth
Dental bonding is quick and is usually done in one dental visit unless multiple teeth need to be treated. It is a process that takes around 30 minutes to an hour to complete. Before beginning the bonding process, preparation for the tooth requires very little. The dentist will roughen the tooth before coating it with a light conditioning liquid to help bond the material to the tooth. Although anesthesia is not used during this procedure, it can be used when bonding is necessary to fill a cavity.
Then the resin material is placed on the tooth, where the dentist will mold and smooth it until it is appropriately shaped. Once it has been sculpted to the desired shape, a high-intense light (an ultraviolet light) is used to harden the material. After it is set, additional trimming is needed to shape the tooth, which is then polished for the material to match the rest of the teeth.
Pros & Cons
Like with most dental procedures, we want to ensure we know the advantages and disadvantages of undergoing any procedure.
- Least expensive
- Easiest cosmetic procedure (done in one dental visit)
- Takes 30 minutes to an hour
- Least enamel removable
- Anesthesia not required (unless it’s to fill a cavity)
- Material is not as durable as veneers or crowns
- Can be easily chipped (through biting of nails or chewing objects)
- Lasts for a few years (will need to replace it)
- Stains easily (is less resistant than veneers or crowns)
Bonding has its limitations, and visiting your dentist can help determine whether dental bonding is the best option for treatment. Your dentist can examine your teeth and overall oral health, to determine if any dental issues need to be addressed and what your best options are. Visit our offices today for a consultation with our cosmetic dentist by calling our office at 801-747-8000 to book an appointment.
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