Is Dental Bonding The Answer You Have Been Looking For?

Dental bonding is the application of a tooth-colored resin material which is permanently bonded to the tooth. Bonding is typically used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. It is also used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth. It can be used as a cosmetic alternative to “silver” fillings, or to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede.

The bonding procedure usually is completed in one dental visit, although more complicated or extensive treatments may require additional visits. Bonding usually is an ideal and less expensive solution for people with chips, gaps between the teeth, staining and discoloration, slight crookedness and misshapen teeth. Unlike veneers and crowns, little to no tooth enamel is removed in the bonding process, and it seldom requires anesthesia.

It’s important to also be aware of the limitations of the bonding. The material used is not as strong as real teeth, so it’s possible to chip the material, for example by biting your nails or chewing on pens, ice, etc. Bonding is best for small cosmetic changes, or for changes to teeth which are not subject to biting pressure, i.e., front teeth.

You can usually expect your bonding to last for several years before it needs to be repaired, based on the care you take, and the extent of the bonding. If you are thinking about dental bonding schedule your consult with Dentistry at Rea Village today by calling 704-846-1401.

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