Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that covers small imperfections in your teeth. At Covington Family Dental, we use this technique to improve the look of your smile or fix a problem with a single tooth.
How Does Dental Bonding Work?
Dental bonding works by placing a thin tooth-colored resin material over a tooth and setting it permanently with a special laser. These appointments can last up to an hour but could be shorter.
Our dentist starts by preparing the tooth by shaving it and getting it ready to receive the bonding material. This step will help the substance stick to the tooth better. He or she will select a shade that matches the color of your natural teeth and then applies the mixture, which feels like putty. Following the application, we will do the molding and shaping of the substance to make it blend in with the adjacent teeth.
A laser is used to harden the bonding material, and more shaping is done to ensure the tooth is shaped like your natural pieces. Polishing the tooth to make it shiny like the rest of your teeth, is the last step in the process.
Pros and Cons of Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that in most instances doesn’t even need numbing of the area getting treated. This makes it one of the simplest and less expensive treatments to repair minor imperfections. One of the most significant advantages of dental bonding is that very little enamel is removed, preserving the structure of your tooth.
Some of the disadvantages of dental bonding are that the material used is not as sturdy as other materials like veneers, making them more susceptible to cracks or chips. The bonding material can also get stained, and you will need to watch what you drink and eat. It is meant to be a temporary solution to cosmetic some cosmetic problems.
When to Use Bonding?
Bonding is meant to correct minor cosmetic issues including
How Do I Care for Bonded Teeth?
You don’t need to do anything that you don’t usually do to care for bonded teeth. Brushing twice per day and flossing, along with coming to see us twice a year, will keep your bonding looking as good as new.
You do need to be careful not to chew on hard foods or objects such as fingernails or pencils, as this can cause the bonding to crack. With proper care, your bonding could last up to 10 years and can be repaired or replaced if needed.
If you are concerned about the way your smile looks because of uneven teeth or crowns that seem too short, dental bonding is a great, and relatively inexpensive options. It is also fast and could only require one appointment to take care of the problem.
Please let us know if you have any problems with your smile that you would like us to address by calling Covington Family Dental at 253.499.6155 today.