Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that uses a tooth-colored resin material to repair minor flaws and damage in your smile. The procedure bonds the resin to your tooth, allowing it to repair chips and cracks, fill small gaps between teeth, and hide stains on your teeth.
During the treatment, your dentist will apply a tooth-colored resin to the affected tooth and use a special light to help the resin adhere to your natural enamel. Your dentist will sculpt and shape the material into the desired shape before hardening it into place using a harmless laser. The material is available in a range of shades and colors, so your dentist can match it to your natural enamel for an even appearance.
Composite resins and porcelain veneers are the two primary materials used for bonding in the dentist's office. These are both popular options because they are esthetically pleasing and durable. However, the composite resin is less expensive upfront than porcelain veneers. Many patients prefer this option due to its strength and affordability.
In general, it's best for patients to stick with the material that is recommended to them by their dentist. Both types of materials are similar in strength and durability, so there is no real advantage to choosing one over the other. Both composites and porcelains are bonded to the front of teeth using a dental adhesive that hardens quickly under a special light. The cement is then shaped and polished to create the desired look.
If patients are unhappy with the color of their teeth after using a bonding material, it's possible to change the color of the bonding material during the filling process. This adjustment can be made after the tooth has been prepared with a special etching solution. Once the shade of the material is chosen, it will be mixed to match the rest of the patient's teeth.
Dental bonding is one of the most affordable treatments in the cosmetic dentistry industry, so it's a great option for patients on a budget. For just a fraction of the cost of other cosmetic procedures, you can effectively improve the look of your smile.
Additionally, dental bonding is also convenient because you leave the office with a brand new smile on the same day that you received treatment. There's no need to wait for weeks on end to wear temporary restorations as you wait for your veneers or crowns to be made. Instead, you can enjoy your new look the very same day as your procedure!
Dental bonding can also be used to fix a wide range of minor tooth imperfections and flaws, making it a versatile treatment option.
Call Dr. Ronald F. Jacob, DMD, at (386) 445-6111 if you wish to learn more about ways to maintain good oral health. We are located at 17 Old King's Road N, Palm Coast, FL 32137. If you have any questions, give our dental office a call. We're happy to answer them.