Cosmetic Dental Bonding
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental Bonding, also known as Cosmetic or Composite Bonding, is a process in which an enamel-like material is applied to a tooth’s surface, sculpted to an ideal shape, hardened and then polished for an ideal smile. This procedure usually can be done in a single visit.
Tooth Bonding Can Be Used For:
- Repair decayed teeth
- Repair chipped or cracked teeth
- Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- Close spaces between teeth
- Make teeth look longer
- Change the shape of teeth
- A cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
- Protect a portion of tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede
Bonding is used to repair chips, cracks and breaks in the tooth/teeth. Bonding can also be used to modify tooth position to improve the appearance of your tooth/teeth and also be used to create symmetry to the tooth/teeth. Cosmetic bonding can also be used to close spaces between teeth
Bonding is more susceptible to staining or chipping than other forms of restoration such as porcelain veneers. Bonding repairs minor chips and small to moderate areas of decay in anterior and posterior teeth reinforcing the tooth.
Bonding typically lasts for several years. Because it is a polymerized material it will wear with time necessitating its resurfacing or replacement from time to time.
Crowns, or porcelain veneers are used in cases where patients are looking for a more long term predictable solution to their cosmetic problems because they are constructed from more durable materials and more aesthetic.
Dental Bonding Procedure
One of the benefits of this procedure is that it requires minimal preparation of the tooth and can be performed in one dental visit. Additionally, the use of anesthesia is usually not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. Dr. James Vito will match the shade of your teeth to select a composite resin color that will match the color your teeth.
Dental Bonding vs Veneers
Cosmetic bonding lasts about 7-10 years where it will need to be replaced or resurfaced, requires less tooth preparation, can be done in one visit and costs slightly more than a filling
When compared to Porcelain Veneers, Veneers require more tooth preparation, requiring at least two dental visits will be more aesthetic for longer but comes at an increased cost.