Teeth bonding can correct minor dental flaws in one quick and easy procedure. It is sometimes used instead of porcelain veneers. Today's bonding is tooth colored and produces beautiful results. It can be used to fill small holes, seal and protect your teeth, and to correct cosmetic flaws.
What is bonding?
Bonding refers to the substance used and to the procedure itself. Bonding material is a tooth colored paste. Your cosmetic dentist applies the bonding and shapes it while it is still soft. It can be sculpted and more can be added until just the right shape is achieved. Then it is hardened with a special light.
What is bonding used for?
Bonding can be used to create small, tooth-colored fillings for cavities.
Cracks and tooth erosion can be covered and sealed. Cracks and erosion can cause pain and sensitivity, tooth decay, and discoloration. Bonding restores the beauty and comfort of your smile, while protecting your teeth from further damage.
Bonding can be used to cover correct the look of small chips. Small gaps between your teeth can be filled by building up the surrounding teeth to close the gap.
The look of crooked and misshapen teeth can be corrected with bonding, by sculpting a new shape onto your teeth. Discoloration that is resistant to whitening can be covered.
Dental bonding vs. porcelain veneers
Dental bonding and porcelain veneers can be used to correct many of the same problems. There are advantages and disadvantages to choosing bonding over veneers.
The advantages of bonding include:
· Bonding gives you faster results than veneers; bonding only requires one visit, veneers require two.
· Bonding is less expensive than veneers.
· Sometimes, bonding can be used to build up a larger portion of your tooth than veneers.
There are also some disadvantages to bonding:
· Your bonding will match the color of your natural teeth and restore the beauty of your teeth, but it is not quite as beautiful and natural looking as veneers.
· Bonding is not as stain resistant as veneers, so you have to be more careful about what you eat and drink to minimize discoloration over time, just like you do with your natural tooth enamel.
· At home you will care for your teeth just like you always have with bonding, but when you have your teeth professionally cleaned you will need to see a hygienist who has experience with bonding or your bonding could be damaged.
Dental bonding can be used to create fillings for small holes in your teeth in one quick office visit. For larger areas of decay, your cosmetic dentist may recommend porcelain inlays or onlays. Inlays and onlays are created in a lab, so they require two office visits. The results, however are beautiful, blend seamlessly with your tooth, and strengthen your tooth.