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 is a procedure used to reshape, restore and rejuvenate teeth, which improves both function and appearance. It can repair teeth that are misshapen, have a chip or crack, or even help to fill spaces in between teeth.
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 necessary.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Bonding?
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 applied to the tooth or teeth helps 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 goes on the surface of the tooth and a special light seals it in place. The doctor may then add several layers of resin 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 goes on the exterior of the teeth, dental bonding doesn’t require anesthesia for the patient. It also typically requires just one appointment. The dental bonding procedure takes about 1-2 hours.
Dental Bonding Before and After
Dental Bonding Results
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
Interested in dental bonding? Contact our Beaumont, TX office today! Call (409) 895-0089 to schedule a consultation with LVI dentist Dr. Joel Smith.