Cosmetic bonding has a variety of uses – to help repair decayed teeth, repair chipped or cracked teeth, improve the appearance of discolored teeth, or change the shape of the teeth (including lengthening them or filling in gaps). Achieving cosmetic bonding is a fairly easy procedure, requiring little advanced preparation besides the doctor consulting a shade guide to select the correct composite resin, and possible local anesthesia if filling in a decayed tooth. The surface of the tooth is usually roughened to help bonding material attach, and then the resin attached to the tooth is applied, molded and smoothed.
The bonding process has advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side, dental bonding is one of the least expensive and easiest cosmetic dental procedures – much easier than veneers
, as it can be done in one dental visit instead of multiple. It also involves removing less tooth enamel, which is good for the integrity of the mouth. Finally, as mentioned, anesthesia is usually not required, making it a simpler task than other dental procedures. On the downside, though, cosmetic bonding is not as stain resistant as some other cosmetic procedures like veneers and crowns. The material used in bonding also is not as strong or long lasting as the material used in crowns, veneers, and fillings.
When deciding between cosmetic bonding and another process to achieve the look you want for your teeth, it is important to consult a dentist. They can help you decide which process will be the best for your situation. To get started with cosmetic bonding, or any other dental procedure, contact us
today to make an appointment!