Dental bonding can significantly improve the appearance of your smile.
No one has perfect teeth. Most of us have some discoloration, a chip here or there, an oddly shaped tooth, even a gap between a couple teeth. For minor cosmetic defects like this, dental bonding is a great solution.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding uses a resin material made from a combination of ceramic and plastic to correct a chipped tooth, tooth discoloration, and other minor defects to create a perfect smile. Teeth bonding is a great alternative to porcelain veneers for those who want a simpler process at a lower cost. And it can usually be done in just a single appointment!
When Dr. Green performs bonding, he uses dental resin to mask cosmetic imperfections on a tooth or multiple teeth. The resin is applied, sculpted, and then cured. Bonding is very versatile and can solve a variety of cosmetic problems.
What can Dental Bonding fix?
- Discolored teeth that don’t respond to teeth whitening
- Minor chips and cracks
- Uneven teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
These types of problems can dull a smile however; dental bonding can quickly correct these dental problems.
It’s important to note that bonding is aesthetic in nature; it doesn’t solve underlying tooth issues such as decay. In order for a tooth to receive any bonding, it must be healthy.
Am I a good candidate for Dental Bonding?
Just about any adult with healthy teeth could benefit from bonding to cover imperfections. Bonding doesn’t solve underlying problems, but it is very versatile in masking cosmetic problems. Still, there are circumstances where a better solution could be a porcelain crown or maybe porcelain veneers. Dr. Green will discuss your options with you during your first appointment.
Tooth Bonding Procedure
You can think of the tooth bonding procedure as a sculpting of sorts by Dr. Green. First, the teeth being treated receive a light etching into the enamel. This makes for a better surface for the resin to bond onto.
Next, Dr. Green chooses the appropriate resin color to match your natural teeth. He then applies the resin in small increments, building up the contour and depth. When satisfied, a curing light is used to harden the resin. He will test your bite and shave away any high points and the like. When both you and Dr. Green are satisfied with the look and feel of your bonded teeth, those teeth are polished. Now your perfect smile is ready for the world to see!
Dental Bonding Before and After
Dental Bonding vs. Veneers
While both dental bonding and the application of veneers have the same end goal — to cover cosmetic imperfections and create a perfect smile — they do it in different ways. Bonding uses a resin material that is sculpted on the teeth, cured, and then polished. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are cemented onto the fronts of the teeth. To make room for the veneers, approximately 0.3 mm to 0.5 mm of the tooth enamel must be shaved off.
In use, porcelain veneers do not stain and are quite durable. The resin used in bonding is more resistant to staining than natural tooth enamel, but it can stain over time. Veneers last longer, but are more expensive than bonding. Also, bonding is usually done in a single appointment, while veneers require two appointments.
Is Dental Bonding painful?
There is no pain whatsoever with dental bonding at our Dayton, Ohio dental office.
How to care for bonded teeth
Your bonded teeth require only normal good home hygiene practices, brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing once daily. While resin is non-porous and resistant to staining, it can stain over time. You also need to consider that whitening does not really work on bonded teeth, so if your other teeth are whitened they may not match your bonded teeth.
How long does Dental Bonding last?
How long your bonding treatment lasts depends in part on you. If you practice good hygiene and don’t chew ice and the like, your bonded teeth will continue to look great for up to a decade.
Schedule a consultation
For more information on Dental Bonding, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Green at his office in Dayton, Ohio, call (937) 293-3402 today! Dr. John T. Green serves Dayton, OH and the surrounding areas.