If you want great looking teeth, it is often necessary to repair or alter some of them. Bonding is one process that can change your problem teeth into beautiful teeth. It can be used to repair several dental problems and help you enjoy smiling again.
About Dental Bonding
This process uses the same material (composite resin) that is used for white tooth fillings. It is white and durable. It is frequently used to repair chipped or cracked teeth and can be used to correct other flaws that may include: discolored teeth, short teeth, slightly misaligned teeth, and can be used to close gaps between teeth.
Composite resin is made of a combination of ceramic and acrylic compounds. It is colored to be able to match the color of your teeth. To get the best color, you should have teeth whitening beforehand.
How It Is Applied
The first step involves the application of an acid to roughen up the surface of the teeth to be bonded. This will enable the bond to be stronger.
Composite resin, which is like putty, will then be applied directly to the teeth. When enough material has been applied to the tooth, it will be shaped into the desired form and then hardened with ultraviolet or laser light. Then it will be polished, which will give it sheen similar to your natural teeth.
There are several advantages when using composite resin as opposed to porcelain veneers.
The whole process, depending on how many teeth are involved, can often be finished in just one visit. Each tooth will take between 30 to 60 minutes to treat.
Another advantage is that it is much cheaper than porcelain veneers. While porcelain veneers are very expensive, this process is faster and will cost less.
There is also the advantage of time. Since it is possible to have this process completed on the first visit, it takes much less time. You do not need to wait for the laboratory to make your veneers and then send them to the dentist. You can walk into the dentist’s office with not-so-great teeth and walk out with a real dental transformation.
Porcelain veneers are hard to stain. Veneers made of composite resin can stain if you smoke or drink dark liquids such as sodas, grape juice, wine, or coffee. Unfortunately, teeth whitening will not work on this material to remove the stains.
The veneer material – composite resin – is also not as durable as porcelain. It is softer and will not last as long. It can chip easily but should last from three to seven years (compared to the 15 to 20 years for porcelain). An advantage is that if it is damaged, it can easily be repaired – porcelain cannot be repaired without replacement).
The dentists at Bright White Dental can provide you with dental bonding to give you great looking teeth. We perform many types of cosmetic dentistry to help your teeth look their best. Our friendly dentists provide many types of dental services for the whole family to keep their teeth and gums healthy.