If you have small chips, gaps in your teeth, discoloration, or any other minor dental issue, dental bonding a great option for you. Bondings are an efficient and affordable process where tooth-colored resin is applied to your natural teeth in order to fill small gaps and cracks.
Bondings can help remedy certain aesthetic issues, but they do much more than just fill gaps to make your teeth look normal and healthy. When properly applied, bondings can help reduce the risk of decay and tooth loss, and can even be used to fill cavities. Over time, your bondings might need to be touched up with minor treatments, but most bondings will last for the rest of your life. All in all, dental bonding should take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes and will cause absolutely no pain.
Dental bondings can be used for a wide variety of dental treatments including:
Benefits of Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is a quick and non-invasive treatment that appeals to cosmetic dentistry candidates seeking immediate results that can last for many years. Bonding can be performed as a standalone procedure or combined with other procedures for a complete smile makeover.
Candidates for Dental Bonding
You may be considered a good candidate for dental bonding if your teeth are in good health and have most of their enamel intact. Also, when being considered for dental bonding, you should not have any existing oral health issues. Cavities or gum disease need to be treated before proceeding with dental bonding.
Generally, bonding works best for teeth that show when smiling; it is not recommended for the teeth in the back of the mouth that undergo a lot of chewing pressure, as the pressure can damage the composite resin material.
The best way to determine whether dental bonding will work for you is to consult with Dr. Pearson. She will examine your teeth, ask you about your goals and provide her professional recommendations.
Dental Bonding Treatment Details
Bonding is a relatively short and straightforward process. First, Dr. Pearson prepares the tooth or teeth being bonded by applying a special adhesive solution. She then sculpts the composite resin onto the tooth in the desired shape and hardens it using an ultraviolet light. Dr. Pearson may apply a few layers, depending on your goals. When she is happy with the shape and contour of the bonding, she polishes the bonding so it blends in with your surrounding natural teeth.
Dental Bonding Recovery
The bonded tooth may feel slightly sensitive to hot or cold foods or beverages right after treatment. This is only temporary.
Dr. Pearson recommends you avoid consuming foods or beverages that could stain your teeth for the first day or two after treatment. You may also want to eat soft foods only for the first day if you experience sensitivity.
Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Bonding
What is the difference between dental bonding and veneers?
Dental bonding involves sculpting a resin-like material onto a tooth to improve its shape, size or color. Bonding does not damage the natural tooth and is completely reversible. If you don’t like the results, the bonding material can be removed and your tooth will look like it did before treatment.
Veneers are thin, porcelain shells that completely cover the front surface of the tooth. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed to make space for the veneer, the tooth will always need to be covered with a veneer or another restoration.
How long does bonding take?
A bonding appointment takes about an hour or less per tooth.
Is it painful to have a tooth bonded?
No. Dental bonding is not invasive or painful. The tooth being bonded is numbed prior to treatment. Discomfort or pain after treatment is very unusual.
Can dental bonding fix gaps in my smile?
Yes, dental bonding can be used to fix small gaps in between the teeth. The two teeth on either side of the gap can be slightly widened to close the space.
Will the bonding match my natural tooth shade?
Yes, you and Dr. Pearson will color-match the composite resin material to your surrounding natural teeth.
How long will the results of my dental bonding last?
Dental bonding results can last for years, depending on how well you take care of your bonded teeth. As long as you brush and floss your teeth and avoid using your bonded teeth to bite or chew non-food items (e.g., pens) or open bottles or packages, you should enjoy your results for a long time.
Contact Essentially Pure Cosmetic & Family Dentistry Today
If you would like to learn more about dental bonding and what it can improve, Dr. Pearson invites you to call or email Essentially Pure Cosmetic & Family Dentistry today.