Dental bonding, also sometimes known as composite bonding, is a very simple and effective cosmetic procedure that can improve the appearance of your smile. The process involves pasting a tooth-colored resin onto the teeth which is then manipulated to cover imperfections and create a healthy, even smile that you can feel confident to share with those around you.
Dental bonding can be used to address a variety of different cosmetic defects. These include the following:
Dark marks and stains
Gaps between teeth
Teeth that are set back from the rest of the arch
Teeth that are undersized
One of the biggest advantages of dental bonding is that minimal preparation work is needed. A special conditioning gel is used to ‘roughen up’ the surface of the enamel so that the bonding adhesive has something to hold onto. This process is painless, and anesthesia isn’t usually required unless there is an old restoration that needs to be removed, or there is tooth decay present. In the case of tooth decay, this will need to be properly dealt with before bonding takes place.
Once the teeth have been roughed-up, the bonding resin can be applied to the tooth and molded as necessary. It will then be cured using an ultraviolet light which hardens it and secures it permanently to the teeth. The resin can finally be shaped and polished so that it matches the rest of your smile.
With proper care at home and regular check-ups with your dentist, dental bonding can last between 4 and 8 years on average. You will be given specific information on the best way to take care of your smile, including advice on biting and chewing habits and avoiding staining. You should follow the guidelines closely to ensure that your new smile stays in top condition for as long as possible.
There are numerous different benefits associated with dental bonding. These include the following:
Cost: Dental bonding is one of the least expensive of all cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Painless: In most instances, dental bonding is completely painless.
No needles: If no anesthesia is needed, there will be no needles involved in the treatment.
One appointment: Unlike many other types of cosmetic dental treatment, dental bonding can be completed in a single visit to your dentist’s offices.
No permanent damage to natural teeth: Although the teeth will be roughed up a little to apply the resin, there is no significant permanent damage to your teeth.
Simple maintenance and replacement: Bonding may not be the longest-lasting solution available, but if any maintenance or replacement of the resin is needed, this can be carried out very quickly, efficiently and with minimal cost.
Cover a multitude of problems: Dental bonding can be used to cover a variety of different cosmetic dental issues from staining to damage.
Superior discretion: Since the resin is a color that closely resembles your natural teeth, it is virtually impossible to tell that a patient has undergone a dental bonding procedure.
Considering dental bonding and would like more information? Please get in touch with our dental team at Town & Country Dental in Jackson, WI by calling our practice today.