Dental bonding is a quick and affordable way to improve the appearance of your smile. In one quick visits, you can repair chips, build up worn or naturally small teeth, even close a gap in your smile. The benefits of bonding make it ideal for repairing damage on an emergency basis or as a reversible way for trying out a smile makeover before committing to more expensive procedures.
If you think dental bonding might help the appearance of your smile, please call 613.271.7091 today for an appointment with Kanata cosmetic dentist Dr. Andrea Stevens at Andrea Stevens Dentistry.
Achieving Cosmetic Goals
Dental bonding is a versatile cosmetic procedure. It can achieve many cosmetic goals, including:
- Repairing chipped or worn teeth
- Building up small or poorly shaped teeth
- Closing a gap between teeth
Basically, any situation where you want to reshape one or more teeth, bonding can provide the solution.
Benefits of Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is a very popular cosmetic dentistry procedure because it offers significant benefits. People choose dental bonding because it:
- Is inexpensive
- Can be completed in one visit
- Looks attractive
- Preserves natural tooth structure
- Is reversible
Dental bonding is usually the most affordable option for treating these types of problems. It may be a fraction of the cost of other treatments. It is also appealing because it can be completed in one visit. It’s the go-to in emergency dentistry where you chipped a tooth in the afternoon and want to have it repaired right away.
When properly done, bonding looks good–no one will be able to tell which teeth are treated. There is the benefit of preserving natural tooth structure–we don’t have to remove much to place bonding. This makes it a reversible procedure.
How Bonding Works
Bonding uses composite material similar to what is used for tooth-colored fillings. We start by removing any damaged or decayed tooth structure to make a sturdy platform for bonding. Then a light acid wash roughens the surface to improve bonding.
The composite starts as a shapeable past, which we apply to the tooth then work into the desired shape. When it’s ready, we will shine a special light on it, which causes it to cure and harden. We might have to repeat these steps a few times to make sure it’s thoroughly hardened and built up. Then we will polish it to give it the lustre of natural tooth enamel.
Limitations of Dental Bonding
But while dental bonding is a great cosmetic solution, it does have limitations:
- Not as strong as other treatments
- Wears more easily
- Vulnerable to staining
- Not as long-lasting
Dental bonding is not as strong as the advanced ceramics used in veneers and crowns, so it might not be appropriate in all situations. The lack of strength means it wears down more easily. And while veneers and crowns are resistant to stains, bonding can absorb stains like natural teeth, but unlike natural teeth, it doesn’t respond to teeth whitening.
The combination of these factors means that bonding usually doesn’t last as long as other treatments.