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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.

Teeth Bonding Uses

  • 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 veneers. When teeth are chipped or slightly decayed, bonded composite resins are the material of choice. Bonding is also used as a tooth-colored filling for small cavities and broken or chipped surfaces.

Bonding typically lasts for several years but because it is a polymerized material it will wear with time necessitating its resurfacing or replacement

Crowns, or porcelain veneers are used in cases where patients are looking for a more long term solution to their cosmetic problems because they are constructed from porcelain which is much more durable and more cosmetic.

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 and comes at an increased cost.

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Explore Other Cosmetic Dentistry Options

If you are interested in Dental Bonding for your teeth in the Philadelphia and Main Line area, call the office of Dr. James Vito today (610) 971-2590.