Dental bonding is a flexible, affordable, but little-known cosmetic dentistry procedure. If you’re dealing with some small cosmetic imperfections that are keeping you from being happy with your smile, dental bonding may be the right solution.
How Dental Bonding Works
If you’ve ever had a tooth-colored filling, you’re already familiar with the durable composite resin that is used for dental bonding. This same material is used for both procedures because it’s incredibly strong, easy to shape, and is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth once it’s been colored, cured, and polished.
The material starts out as a putty that your dentist will color to match your natural teeth. Once the resin has been applied to the tooth, the dentist will shape it based on whatever cosmetic change you desire. Since your dentist is essentially sculpting with the composite resin, this procedure is extremely flexible — nearly any shape or correction can be made this way. Of course, this also means that the skill and artistry of the dentist who is performing the bonding is key to whether or not the final product looks attractive and realistic, so make sure you choose an experienced dentist.
Once the putty has been shaped, the dentist will use a curing light to permanently harden the composite resin. Finally, the bonding will be polished so it matches the glossy look of your natural teeth.
The Many Applications of Dental Bonding
There are a wide variety of aesthetic problems that dental bonding can be used to solve:
- Tooth gaps — If you don’t want to or can’t use orthodontics to close a gap between two teeth, bonding can be used to fill in the space by falsely widening the teeth on either side.
- Chipped teeth — Some tooth chips don’t compromise the structural integrity of the tooth, but still present an aesthetic problem. For these chips, bonding is the perfect speedy solution to build the lost tooth material back up.
- Small teeth — Sometimes a tooth or two may be too small or poorly shaped, which can throw off an otherwise attractive smile. Bonding allows your dentist to reshape a tooth as desired.
- Black triangles — Approximately a third of American adults have “black triangles,” which are small, dark gaps between teeth at the base, where the teeth meet the gums. This can’t be solved with orthodontics, but BioClear dental bonding makes quick work of them.
If you have any of these particular cosmetic problems, an experienced cosmetic dentist can help you determine if dental bonding is the right solution. While bonding is affordable and can be used in many different applications, there are some cases where a more permanent solution, like porcelain veneers or a dental crown, may be a better fit.
Are you looking for the right cosmetic dentist to correct the imperfections in your smile? Call (619) 299-5925 or contact us online to set up an appointment and see if dental bonding is right for you.