No one has a perfect family. Maybe more bonding would help. Or not.
And no one has a perfect smile. Bonding with the team at Gentle Dental would definitely help with that!
Drs. Strober, Messer, and Butkofski cover minor cosmetic defects, such as chips or gaps between teeth, with dental bonding. Bonding is a great alternative to porcelain veneers for those who want a simpler process and a lower cost.
What kinds of problems can be masked with bonding?
Dental bonding is done with composite resin that is matched to your natural tooth color. It can be used to treat:
- Discolored teeth that don’t respond to whitening
- Minor chips and cracks
- Uneven teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
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.
How is bonding done?
You can think of the bonding procedure as a sculpting of sorts by our three Gentle Dental dentists. The first step is to lightly etch the teeth to be bonded. This is done with an acid solution, which makes for a better surface for the resin to bond onto. Next, we choose the appropriate resin color to match your natural teeth. The resin is applied in small increments and in layers, building up the contour and depth. When satisfied, a curing light is used to harden the resin. We will test your bite and shave away any high points and the like. When you 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!
How is bonding different than porcelain veneers?
While both dental bonding and the application of porcelain 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.