Cosmetic bonding for teeth is a quick, easy and inexpensive dental procedure, used to improve the shape, color and overall look of your teeth. In a way, bonding is like a simplified version of a veneer or a crown.
By applying a thin layer of tooth-colored resin to the surface of an existing tooth, you can mask minor tooth imperfections. Once the resin has been bonded, it is permanently fixed to the tooth.
What Is the Cosmetic Bonding Process?
• You and your dentist select a tooth shade that works for you.
• Your dentist etches the front of the tooth to roughen it and help the bonding adhere.
• A putty-like resin is applied and molded around your existing tooth, until the desired shape and texture are obtained.
• The material is hardened using a high-intensity ultraviolet light or laser.
• The tooth is trimmed, shaped and polished.
• After 30 to 60 minutes, the procedure is complete.
• Avoid eating or drinking staining foods for 48 hours.
When is Cosmetic Bonding a Good Option?
Consider cosmetic bonding for any of the following circumstances:
• As a cavity filler to repair decayed teeth
• To replace amalgam/silver fillings
• To repair chipped or cracked teeth
• To approve the appearance of discolored teeth
• To close spaces in gapped teeth
• To correct misshapen teeth or to make teeth look longer
• To make minor alterations to slightly crooked teeth
• To correct aesthetic concerns after braces are removed
• To protect exposed roots, due to gums receding
What Are Some Advantages of Cosmetic Bonding?
• Bonded teeth significantly improve the aesthetics of your overall smile
• This is a quick treatment option, that generally only takes one visit to the dentist
• Bonding is very cost-effective and more affordable than other cosmetic procedures like crowns, bridges and implants
• Compared to veneers or crowns, very little tooth structure is removed to prepare for bonding
• Anesthesia is not required, unless used for filling a cavity
• Bonded teeth stain more easily. If you drink tea, coffee or carbonated drinks regularly, your bonded teeth may stain.
• If your teeth stain, you cannot use teeth whitening systems – as other teeth will whiten but the bonded teeth will not.
• Bonded teeth are more fragile. The bonding materials do not last as long nor are they as strong as other restorative procedures. The bonded material can break or chip off.
• You cannot bond teeth that undergo a lot of pressure from biting or chewing, like molars.
• Bonding is not appropriate for large areas of decay or major damage.
If you would like to learn more about cosmetic bonding and to find out if you are a good candidate, click here to request an appointment with your dentist at Masci & Hale Advanced Dentistry. Or call us at (845) 457-5763.