Every summer you can reliably find a James Bond movie marathon on TBS. At Gentle Dental, while we love 007, we love another type of bonding more, dental bonding. Dental bonding is a simple, non-invasive option for fixing a variety of cosmetic issues with your teeth.
What is dental bonding?
In dental bonding, we apply a dental resin to your tooth to cover up issues such as extensive staining or chip. We then instantly cure and harden the resin with a special light that bonds the resin to your tooth. Bonding is simple and can be done in just a single appointment; there’s no need to wait for a dental lab to create a veneer or a crown.
Who could benefit from bonding?
At Gentle Dental, we use bonding to repair decayed, scratched, chipped, or even cracked teeth. If a patient is suffering from receding gums, we use bonding material to protect the exposed tooth root. If your teeth are badly stained from a reaction to a drug such as a tetracycline or trauma, bonding can cover the stains and make your teeth look great. Plus, we can change the shape of misshapen teeth or fill gaps between teeth with bonding.
How is dental bonding done?
Once we decide to go ahead with bonding, we first clean your teeth. Next, we select the resin color that matches your natural tooth color. To prepare the tooth or teeth for the resin, we slightly etch the tooth surface and apply a conditioning solution. Then we place the resin on your tooth and carefully mold it to match the original tooth structure (in the case of a chipped tooth) or to fit other cosmetic goals. Once satisfied with the shape and size of the new bonded tooth, we apply a curing light to the resin, which hardens it instantly. The final step is to polish the bonded resin.
Drawbacks of bonding
While bonding is a great solution for cosmetic flaws or damage to your teeth, its simplicity is also its drawback. Bonding is not as durable as porcelain veneers, although it costs much less. Also, bonding is an alternative to restorations such as crowns, but again it is nowhere near as durable.
Still, if you have some cosmetic issues with your teeth dental bonding from the team at Gentle Dental is a great procedure. Call us at (732) 549-5660 to make an appointment, or with any questions, you may have.