What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a procedure in which our dentist applies a tooth-colored material (resin) directly to your teeth in order to fix its color, shape and strengthen its structure.
That being said, it is best used to help repair cracked, chipped, or broken teeth. Because of how the procedure is performed and the materials used, it is ideal for less complicated cosmetic dental work. The dental bonding materials or porcelain used are natural in color, and allows for a finished product that closely matches your surrounding teeth.
Who Needs Dental Bonding?
Composite bonding is used to correct issues and imperfections. It can be considered as a viable option if you:
- Have discolored teeth.
- Need to close gaps or spaces between your teeth.
- Want to repair a chipped or cracked tooth.
- Need fillings for removed cavities.
- Need to cover where your gums have receded.
- Need to reshape your teeth.
After the Procedure
When compared to other forms of cosmetic dental procedures, bonding can sometimes be stained or chipped much easier. Patients will need to be more careful during their day-to-day routines.
Here are some tips for after care:
- Brush at least twice a day.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Avoid smoking.
- Try to use mouthwashes daily.
- Cut down on drinks that can stain your teeth such as: soda, tea, coffee, and red wine.
- Stop or cut down on biting your nails and chewing on hard objects.
What Are Some Pros & Cons of Dental Bonding?
Here are some pros and cons of bonding that are worth mentioning.
- It is a fast procedure that typically takes less than an hour to complete.
- It is a relatively inexpensive procedure. Insurance might cover most of the costs. Especially if you are getting it for non-cosmetic reasons.
- It is a simple procedure that might not require anesthesia.
- The bonding resin can become stained over time due to smoking, drinking red wine, coffee, and tea. This will cause those teeth to stand out from the rest.
- The material is not as strong as the porcelain used in crowns or veneers.
Either way, a healthy smile will boost your confidence. If you have discolored, cracked, or chipped teeth, contact our dentist at Creative Dentistry of Atlanta and see what options are available for you.
How Long Does it Last?
Usually cosmetic bonding on a tooth varies with each patient. The lifespan of the bond is completely dependent on your habits, what shape the tooth was in before the procedure, and the actual location of the tooth in your mouth. However, you can expect your cosmetic bonding to last anywhere from three years to ten years.
Contact our Dental Office in Ormond Beach today for more information.