No one’s teeth are perfect — chips, gaps, uneven teeth, stains — everyone has something they’d like to fix. For minor defects, dental bonding is a great solution, especially if you’re not comfortable with the expense and process involved with porcelain veneers. Bonding uses dental resin to cover minor flaws and present a perfect smile.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding uses a resin made basically from ceramic and plastic. Bonding can be done on a single tooth or many, depending on your needs. The resin is applied to the surface of the teeth, sculpted to fit the needed shape, and then cured. Anesthesia is not needed.
What does dental bonding help treat?
When you think of what bonding can do for your smile, simply look at your teeth and think of covering over problems areas. Bonding can address these minor defects with the teeth:
- Chipped teeth
- Uneven teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Severe staining
- Inherent discoloration
Applying bonding to a patient’s teeth requires a three-step process.
- An etching solution is applied to the tooth or teeth to prepare them to receive the bonding material. This solution gently roughens the surface of the tooth for a stronger bond between the tooth and the plastic.
- A thin layer of the bonding resin is placed on the surface of the tooth and is sealed in place using a special light. Several layers of resin may be added and hardened in turn. Each layer takes only a few minutes to harden.
- The bonding material is sculpted to the desired shape and colored to match the shade of the natural teeth. Finally, the bonding material is polished until it is entirely smooth.
Because the resin is applied to the exterior of the teeth, dental bonding doesn’t require anesthesia for the patient. It also can be done in just one appointment.
Dental bonding before and after
How long does bonding last?
The longevity depends on you to a degree. If you practice excellent home hygiene and avoid bad habits such as chewing ice and the like, your bonding can last for years.
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in dental bonding, contact our Beaumont, TX office today! Call (409) 895-0089 to schedule a consultation with LVI dentist Dr. Joel Smith.