Dental bonding is a quick and easy way to reshape your teeth. It can be used to cover small chips, close gaps in your smile, and perform other minor cosmetic changes. Dental bonding has the benefit of being relatively inexpensive and can be accomplished in a single visit. The disadvantage is that it may not be as attractive and may not last as long as other options.
If you are looking to improve your smile and want to learn whether dental bonding is the right approach for you, please call 201-343-4044 or email the River Edge Dental Center for General & Cosmetic Dentistry today.
When to Use Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is a great way to address some minor smile issues, such as:
- Small chips on teeth
- Small gaps between teeth
- Small or poorly shaped teeth
Dental bonding is ideal for small tooth chips. It’s an affordable way to address a minor smile issue that might not be worth investing in a porcelain veneer for, and some of the limitations of bonding might not matter as much.
For tooth gaps, dental bonding is, again, a good alternative to porcelain veneers, but some of the limitations of the material might come into play.
In many cases of small or poorly shaped teeth, dental bonding is a good solution, especially if the bonding won’t be subjected to heavy stress. In stressful situations, a dental crown might be a better option.
Understanding Dental Bonding
Dental bonding uses the same resin composite that is used for tooth-colored fillings. It begins as a paste that can be blended with dyes to match the color of your natural teeth. Your teeth are roughed slightly so the bonding will stick better. The bonding is then applied to your teeth and shaped. Once it is shaped, a curing light is used to harden the material.
For larger restorations, bonding may have to be applied in layers to ensure maximum hardness.
Benefits and Limitations
Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure because it offers a number of benefits, such as:
- Flexibility — can be used in many situations
- Inexpensive — much cheaper than alternatives
- Quick — can be completed in a single visit
However, these benefits come with a number of tradeoffs, such as:
- Aesthetics — dental bonding might not look as attractive as porcelain veneers, especially when large quantities are used
- Staining — dental bonding is vulnerable to discoloration by food and drink
- Durability — dental bonding won’t last as long as porcelain veneers and other ceramic restorations
For these reasons, dental bonding is often a good choice, but is usually not the best choice for cosmetic purposes.