Are you unhappy with gaps in your smile, chipped teeth, cracked teeth, or small teeth? Do you wish there were a quick and inexpensive way to get your teeth fixed? Well, there is: dental bonding can improve many common cosmetic complaints you may have about your teeth. It can be completed in just one visit, looks great, and is less expensive than many other treatment alternatives.
Benefits and Limitations of Dental Bonding
It has a number of benefits that make it one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures in the US:
- Can be completed in a single day
- Can be used for many different applications
- Gives attractive results
- Is less expensive than alternatives
However, it has some limitations, including:
- Not as realistic as ceramic restorations
- Not as long-lasting as ceramic restorations
- Not as strong as ceramic restorations
How Dental Bonding Works
Dental bonding is essentially the same material we use for tooth-colored fillings, but with more care taken for cosmetic applications. It starts out as a thick putty that we can tint to make sure it matches your natural tooth color precisely.
Your tooth is lightly roughed to ensure that the dental bonding will stick to it properly. Then the material is applied to your tooth and formed to match the desired shape. The ability to make an attractive and natural tooth shape varies greatly among cosmetic dentists, so if you are looking for one to perform dental bonding for you, you should carefully evaluate their previous work with this procedure.
Once the bonding is in the proper shape, a curing light is used to harden the material. If a large section of bonding is needed, there may be several cycles of shaping and hardening necessary to complete the procedure. Then the bonding is polished to a tooth-like luster.
Dental Bonding for Tooth Gaps
If you have a gap in your teeth, you could use Invisalign or other orthodontics to close it, but dental bonding allows us to close the gap very quickly. Essentially, we are widening your teeth so they fill the space. Obviously, this wouldn’t always create a pleasing tooth shape, but we can also lengthen your teeth with bonding to ensure that your teeth have a natural, attractive appearance.
Dental Bonding for Chipped Teeth
Dental bonding is a great treatment for chipped teeth because it can be completed so quickly and easily that you can have it done and no one will know you chipped your tooth. Because it’s so affordable, it’s an easy decision and can even serve as a temporary treatment while you’re considering porcelain veneers.
Dental Bonding for Peg Laterals and Other Small Teeth
If you have peg laterals, retained baby teeth, or other teeth that are small or poorly shaped, it is a great way to build them up so they match the rest of your smile. This is a situation where the reduced strength of dental bonding or the difficulty of building up restorations layer by layer might mean that a porcelain crown is the right choice.
BioClear: A New Approach to Dental Bonding
We are also proud to offer a new approach to dental bonding which is especially good for filling in black triangles around the bases of your teeth. BioClear uses dental bonding that is heated so it flows more easily. It fills in around the base more easily than the putty texture of traditional dental bonding.