In the category of cosmetic dental solutions, bonding is one that works for many of our patients to repair stained, broken, chipped or otherwise damaged teeth. The process serves to not only fix the problem but also restore the tooth to a white and properly contoured version of itself.
Dental bonding can make a tooth look new again
Bonding is designed to make minor cosmetically pleasing dental repairs by using a tooth-colored composite material applied to the tooth. The material is sculpted into shape, hardened with light and is then polished.
It’s called bonding because…
The material works by literally bonding to your natural teeth. And the procedure is considered ideal for small cosmetic dentistry treatments, such as:
- Fixing broken or chipped teeth
- Closing small gaps between teeth
- Repairing small cavities
- Replacing, repairing silver fillings
Four reasons you might want to consider dental bonding
1,) Bonding can be an economical solution
The cost varies, depending on the procedure, but many dental insurance plans cover it, particularly for structural reasons or to fill a cavity.
2.) Bonding can be performed fairly quickly
It typically requires only one office visit of about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth.
3.) Bonding is usually painless
Anesthesia is usually not necessary, unless bonding is being used as part of a cavity procedure that requires drilling.
4.) Bonding can last three to seven years or longer
Unlike crowns and veneers, bonding can become discolored over time. Coffee, tea, red wine, and cigarette smoke can stain the material just like those substances can stain natural teeth. To help minimize staining, all these substances should be completely avoided for 24 to 48 hours after a bonding procedure.
In addition, bonding isn’t as strong or long lasting as veneers and crowns and can chip fairly easily. So special care is required to keep your bonded teeth looking good:
- Reduce your consumption of coffee, tea and red wine
- Don’t smoke
- Don’t chew anything with your teeth except food
- Avoid hard foods
See your dentist for bonding repairs and touch-ups as soon as you notice any problem. Call for your appointment today: (847) 223-5200.