Dental bonding or tooth bonding
Dental bonding is also referred to as tooth bonding. It is one of the easiest and least costly dental procedures in cosmetic dentistry.
Dental bonding involves a tooth-coloured composite resin (a durable plastic material) being applied to the affected tooth and hardened with a special light. This material bonds itself to the natural tooth structure which can help repair a tooth that is cracked, decayed, chipped off, fractured or stained. It can also be used to fill the gaps between teeth, reshape or change the colour of the teeth.
The bonding materials used for dental bonding can last between three to ten years depending on the oral hygiene of the individual and the procedure performed.
Unlike, dental veneers, which requires a long waiting period for them to be manufactured, this procedure can be completed within 30 to 60 minutes per tooth, depending on the procedure involved.
Dental bonding is an option that can be considered when a patient needs:
- To repair decayed, chipped or cracked teeth.
- To close any spaces or gaps between teeth that might make teeth look asymmetrical or misaligned.
- To reshape teeth or make teeth look longer.
- To improve the appearance of stained or discoloured teeth.
- To help protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede.
The advantages and disadvantages of dental bonding:
- It is affordable compared to other cosmetic treatments
- It helps preserve most of your natural teeth
- Provides a more natural looking result
- It may require only a single dental visit
- Anaesthesia is usually not required
- The bonding material can become stained over time if cigarette smoke, tea, coffee and red wine are consumed on a regular basis.
- The bonding material used is not as durable as crowns and veneers and can be prone to chipping or breaking off the tooth if not cared for properly.
- Biting your fingernails or chewing on ice can also chip the material.
For more information on dental bonding call us today at DC Dental at either our Highland Park or Robina office!