Many people have tooth discoloration that, while not dangerous to their health, really bothers them. We know that healthy teeth are associated with success, and that people who are able to smile and interact with others confidently have a better chance in the workplace, dating, and other social situations. If you have teeth that are discolored or are chipped or misaligned, one solution to consider is dental bonding. Dental bonding can give you a beautiful smile and is less expensive or intrusive than other dental procedures.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a procedure during which your dentist applies a tooth-colored resin material to a tooth and then hardens it with an ultraviolet light or a laser. This bonds the resin material to the tooth and covers the tooth’s damage or discoloration. When the resin is fully hardened, your dentist will trim and shape it, then polish it to match the surface of your other teeth. Your dentist will use a shade guide in order to match the color of the resin to your other teeth.
When Is Dental Bonding Appropriate?
Your dentist may recommend dental bonding when:
- Professional tooth whitening doesn’t work – This may be because the tooth is dead or the enamel itself is naturally dull.
- Your teeth are chipped or cracked
- There are large gaps between teeth
- Short teeth need to be elongated
- Teeth are misshapen
- A tooth’s root is exposed because the gum line has receded
- Teeth need to be repaired – Bonding is an alternative to composite fillings.
Bonding works wonders for filling in or reshaping teeth that are too short, too far apart, chipped, or cracked. It can make teeth of different sizes more uniform and attractive looking. It does not take very long to accomplish. Your dentist can bond a tooth in less than an hour, and you’ll walk away with beautiful results when he’s finished.
The benefit of bonding is that your underlying enamel is protected. Because your dentist doesn’t need to scrape enamel off in order to bond a tooth, it doesn’t damage that tooth. Bonding is painless and easy and can be reversed if you decide you want that later on. Bonding is also less expensive than porcelain veneers, so patients who are on a budget can still achieve great looking smiles with dental bonding.
Bonding can last for years when patients take good care of their teeth and gums. If you would like more information to decide if dental bonding is a good solution to any cosmetic dental issues you’re having, talk to your dentist at your next routine dental appointment.