Do you have a tooth that needs to be reshaped or a small gap that you would like to have closed, but do not need braces or more involved forms of treatment? If so, then you may be a great candidate for dental bonding. Dental bonding is used by our team at Rockton Dental to correct minor cosmetic issues and improve the appearance of your smile.
What Is Bonding?
Bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that uses a moldable, resin material to improve the shape and fit of your teeth. Bonding is used for smaller cosmetic jobs and can be color-matched to the shade of your existing enamel for a seamless repair. Bonding is used when your tooth does not have any structural decay, but simply needs material added for cosmetic reasons.
When Is Bonding Used?
Bonding is most often used to close small gaps between teeth when the problem is not severe enough to warrant the use of braces. It is also used to repair minor chips or cracks in your teeth that do not require more substantial restorations such as crowns. Bonding can also be used to cover severely discolored teeth that do not have any decay.
Because bonding is a soft, moldable material, our professionals can easily apply this substance in a single visit without any discomfort or need for anesthetics. Once the resin is matched to the color of the target tooth, our professional will apply and shape it to fill the chip or gap. The material is then hardened through the use of UV light. Our professional may further shape the material after it is hardened by filing away any rough edges or irregularities.
The entire process can be completed in less than one hour. Once the hardening process is complete, you can resume normal activities without having to endure the effects of anesthetics. The bonding material does not need additional curing time and will blend in with your natural smile as soon as your procedure is completed.
How Long Does Bonding Last?
The lifespan of your bonding will depend largely on your oral hygiene habits. If you practice good brushing habits and receive regular professional cleanings, then your bonded tooth will remain intact for many years. It is also important that you avoid potentially damaging foods, such as hard candies, because the bonded material is not as strong as tooth enamel and can chip. According to Healthline, the bonded material will last anywhere from three to five years.
Bonded material will behave similarly to the enamel. This means that it will stain if you do not practice good brushing habits. It can also chip or crack over time. However, our professionals can easily repair damaged bonding material thanks to its easy moldability. Bonded material can also be whitened like your normal teeth through bleaching procedures.
If you have a small gap or chip that has been damaging your confidence in your smile or would like to learn more about dental bonding, then it is time to come see our team at Rockton Dental. You can schedule your appointment by calling our office at (815) 624-3269 today. We look forward to seeing you and starting you on your path to a brighter smile.