What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a procedure that enhances a patient’s smile without the use of surgery or other invasive methods. Dental bonding, which involves the use of a resin-like material which is bonded to the teeth, can be performed to correct both cosmetic and structural issues. In addition, bonding procedures rarely require the use of anesthesia and are generally considered safe, effective and painless.
What Problems can Dental Bonding Correct?
Since dental bonding can be used for both structural and cosmetic purposes, there are a variety of problems it can be used to treat. For example, the following dental issues may all be improved through the use of dental bonding:
- Gaps between teeth.
- Tooth discoloration.
- Chips and cracks in teeth.
- Misshapen teeth.
- Teeth that are decayed or have cavities.
How is Dental Bonding Performed?
The dental bonding procedure is relatively quick and easy. In most cases, the time necessary to complete the process is approximately 30 minutes per tooth. To begin the process, a roughening solution is applied to the teeth. This is done to enhance the bonding material’s adhesive properties, ensuring a longer lifespan of the bonding procedure. Next, a dentist will apply the resin-like bonding agent which will closely match the teeth in color. The bonding material is molded to the teeth and smoothed to the desired shape and size. An ultraviolet light is then used to harden the bonding agent. Once hardened, the bonding agent is trimmed and polished to the desired structure, sheen and appearance.
What are the Advantages of Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding provides significant benefits in the treatment of cosmetic and structural problems. One of the obvious advantages of dental bonding is that it is one of the least expensive corrective dental procedures. Plus, bonding the teeth takes less time to complete than other procedures and is relatively simple to perform. Also, unlike veneers, caps and implants, dental bonds require minimum removal of the tooth’s enamel and are usually performed without the use of anesthesia.
Is Dental Bonding Right for Me?
If you think dental bonding is right for you, contact your dentist today. Your smile will thank you!
If you live in the Bolivar, Missouri area, you can trust your smile to Dr. Paul Gonzales of Bolivar Family Dental. Feel free to call us at (417) 777-8654 with any questions you may have or to schedule a consultation.
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