Do you want a brighter smile? Have you chipped a tooth? Tooth bonding is a cosmetic dental treatment that can address multiple problems at once. Dental bonding is a simple treatment that is typically used to address minimal cosmetic dentistry concerns. To give our patients the most natural-looking, durable result, we use a composite resin material that can be color-matched to blend seamlessly with their natural teeth.
At Reedy Creek Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Emily Ann Reece can improve the appearance of your natural smile. Dental bonding can fix gaps between teeth, cover stained teeth, restore misshapen teeth, and fix chipped or cracked teeth. With the right dental care and maintenance, tooth bonding can last patients for up to ten years.
The Tooth Bonding Procedure
Before treatment, Dr. Reece will review your oral health history, budget, and goals to make sure that tooth bonding is right for you. Dr. Reece will prepare the tooth receiving treatment by removing a small amount of tooth enamel. Then, she will shape a biocomposite material and sculpt it onto the tooth. The biocomposite is molded to mimic the shape and size of natural teeth and is color-matched for a natural look. Finally, Dr. Reece uses special curing light for the final cosmetic restoration.
Dental Bonding Treatment
Dental bonding is often recognized as a more cost-effective option compared to porcelain veneers. They’re also useful if you’re looking for a temporary fix, testing out a restoration before you’re ready to commit to a permanent one. On average, dental bonding lasts around 3-10 years, depending on where it is in the mouth and how you take care of it.
Because bonding material is malleable, it makes it easy to take care of many oral health issues. For instance, if you have a chipped tooth, the material can be molded to fix the chip and make it look natural. It can go fully over a tooth as well, for misshapen or discolored teeth. Your dentist is always able to mold the material into a shape that looks natural for your smile.
Bonding material is able to be color-matched as well. Whether you’re looking for it to blend perfectly with the rest of your teeth or you’re looking to make them whiter, dental bonding can do the trick. In particular, it’s nice to get bonding with a brighter shade to see if it fits your smile well.
Dental Bonding FAQs
Is dental bonding better than dental veneers?
Dental bonding and dental veneers can be used for mostly the same purposes, but vary in price and longevity. Tooth bonding is more of a temporary fix than a permanent restoration. During your consultation with Dr. Reece, she will help you determine if tooth bonding or porcelain veneers are best for you.
Can I use dental bonding to fix a crooked smile?
Some patients may use dental bonding to cosmetically fix a single crooked tooth or two. However, orthodontics can work for multiple or severely crooked teeth.
Is tooth bonding permanent?
No, dental bonding is not permanent. However, with proper care, your bonded tooth can last many years. Dr. Reece can work with you and explore your options if you want to try a more permanent solution in the future.