Tooth bonding is when a tooth-colored resin is used to improve the appearance of your teeth.
Bonding changes your teeth’ color, shape, size, or length. It can also be used to fill in gaps between your teeth. Bonding is usually done on the front teeth, which are the most visible.
This less invasive alternative to veneers and crowns offers an alternative for patients who want to improve their smile but cannot tolerate the pain or expense of traditional dental procedures.
The bonding procedure is typically quick and easy and can be done in one office visit. Bonding can last several years but is not as durable as other cosmetic dental procedures, such as veneers.
The resin material is also more susceptible to staining and chipping than other procedures.
The dentist can recommend teeth bonding near you if:
- You have chipped or cracked teeth
- Gaps between your teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Uneven teeth
Does Tooth Bonding Look Natural?
Yes, bonded teeth look natural because the tooth-colored resin is used to improve the appearance of a person’s teeth.
Bonding does not change the appearance of your teeth. Rather, the bonder helps fill in chips and cracks in teeth and even discoloration, if there is any.
Dental Bonding vs. Veneers
Dental bonding and veneers are two popular options for improving the appearance of your teeth. Bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin to your teeth, while veneers are thin, custom-made shells bonded to your teeth.
Both options can be used to improve the color, shape, and size of your teeth. Bonding is usually less expensive than veneers, but it is not as durable and may not last as long.
Veneers are more expensive but are also more durable and can last many years. If you are considering either option, talk to your dentist to see which is right.
What is the Teeth Bonding Procedure?
Bonding is done in one office visit (the procedure lasts between 30 to 60 minutes ) and does not require anesthesia or downtime.
Instead of trimming the enamel, the dentist will use an acid solution to roughen the teeth and make them ready for bonding.
This resin material is hardened with a special light, and the teeth are polished to match the rest of the teeth.
Is Tooth Bonding Worth It?
Yes, the bonding process is worth it if you have mild to moderate dental imperfections.
However, it is worth noting that tooth bonding is a cosmetic procedure, it’s not a permanent solution, and dentists use it as a short-term solution.
Bonding usually lasts several years before it needs to be repaired or replaced.
Avoid smoking and eating hard foods, such as candy, nuts, and ice, as they can cause the bonding material to break or chip.
Should You Whiten Your Teeth Before Bonding?
Yes, you can whiten the teeth before you get the teeth bonded. This is because the bonded teeth cannot be whitened after it is fixed.
You can prevent the discoloration of the bonded teeth by avoiding staining foods and beverages like coffee and tea. Also, avoid eating acidic foods like oranges/lemons because they cause staining stains when consumed regularly (again, we recommend visiting our dentist regularly).
Visit a dental office in Brentwood to assess the bonded teeth’ quality. You should also see an oral health professional at least once a year for thorough teeth cleaning to avoid decay buildup on white fillings (which can be very hard to remove).
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Bonding is a non-invasive procedure that can improve your smile without surgery or anesthetic injections.
It’s also less expensive than other cosmetic dental procedures like veneers and crowns, so you won’t need to worry about how much money you’ll spend on cosmetic dentistry in general.
Visit Brentwood Dental Arts for more information about dental bonding and what you can expect during and after the procedure.