Dental bonding is a tooth-colored, putty-like resin. This durable, plastic material is applied to the tooth and hardened with an ultraviolet or laser light, bonding the material to the tooth. It is then trimmed, shaped, and polished. Bonding can be used to repair decayed, chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth. Bonding can be used to repair decayed, chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth. Bonding is also a great cosmetic alternative to, or replacement for, amalgam or silver fillings.
Benefits of Dental Bonding
One of the benefits of bonding is that the procedure requires little to no removal of enamel before it is applied to the tooth. Bonding also retains the health and natural structure of the tooth. Bonding is a more conservative treatment than restorations like porcelain veneers or dental crowns. For this reason, bonding is much less expensive than veneers and crowns. Many dental insurance plans cover most of the cost of bonding when it is used for structural reasons or to fill a cavity. Bonding can usually be completed in one appointment.
There are some disadvantages to dental bonding. Unlike crowns and porcelain veneers, dental bonding has a tendency to become stained or discolored over time. Beverages such as coffee, tea, and red wine can stain the material used in dental bonding, making it stand out from the rest of your teeth. Cigarette smoke is also a cause of dental stain on bonding. Avoiding these substances for 24 to 48 hours after bonding is first performed can minimize staining. Smokers should choose a cosmetic dentistry solution other than bonding. Bonding material is porous and will yellow from exposure to cigarette smoke.
The material used in dental bonding is not as strong and durable as amalgam, porcelain veneers and crowns. It can easily chip. With proper care, dental bonding can last for many years.
When to Choose Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is a solid choice for minor cosmetic issue such as a cracked, stained, or discolored tooth, a gap between teeth, or amalgam or silver fillings that show when you smile. Dental bonding is also used in cosmetic dentistry to shape or recontour teeth. While veneers and bleaching can be used to whiten your entire smile, dental bonding cannot.
Dental bonding can also be appropriate as "tooth-colored fillings" for smaller cavities in teeth that are not exposed to excessive chewing loads. The material used in dental bonding may not be durable enough for large cavities.
Since dental bonding is more susceptible to being stained and chipped than other forms of cosmetic dentistry, special care is required to preserve its natural look. Here are some tips to keep your dental bonding in top shape. Cut down on coffee, tea, and red wine. If you are a smoker, quitting smoking will help keep your bonded teeth white, not to mention that smoking also increases the risk of gum disease and oral cancer. Avoid biting your nails or chewing on hard objects, such as ice, pencils, and raw carrots. Remember, bonding material can chip.
Contact All People Dentistry if you notice sharp edges or if your teeth feel strange when you bite down. Dental bonding can be repaired or touched up if necessary. Dental bonding does require some artistic skill for optimal results, both structurally and aesthetically, and Dr. Chris Claypoole has 20+ years of experience with these procedures.
Dental bonding has many useful applications. It can be a quick and relatively inexpensive strategy to improve your smile. Feeling confident about the appearance of your teeth can motivate you to maintain good dental hygiene.
If you have any questions about dental bonding or any of the other services provided by All People Dentistry, please reach out to Dr. Claypoole and our friendly and knowledgeable staff that are ready to assist you in any way possible.
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