What is Dental Bonding?
Tooth bonding is the application process of a tooth-colored resin material using adhesives and a high intensity curing light. This dental procedures gets its name because the materials are actually bonded to the tooth. Tooth bonding uses a plastic-like material called resin to address a number of dental problems.
The popular use for this dental treatment is to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. Additional uses include larger cavities needing fillings, to fixing the appearance of crooked teeth, and even correcting gaps. Tooth bonding can replace more expensive treatments like porcelain veneers and improve the look of other treatments.
What is tooth bonding used to treat?
Tooth bonding is used for a variety of dental problems:
- Helps restore decayed teeth.
- Fills in cracks and repair chips in teeth.
- Permanently fills in gaps between teeth.
- Brightens heavily discolored teeth.
- Replaces certain types of fillings.
- It helps to protect the teeth when gums recede.
- Improve the symmetry of the teeth.
- Help hold veneers and crowns.
Benefits of Dental Bonding
- Price — Bonding can be used in place of other, more expensive options such as veneers, crowns, or certain fillings. With a talented, precise dentist, you can achieve results similar to those you would get with veneers and crowns.
- Simple — The treatment is done in-office, usually in one visit. It’s simple, quick, and requires no downtime.
- No anesthesia — Teeth bonding only requires having the bonding material applied to your tooth. If you are not having any other treatments done, you can get the treatment without the need for freezing gel or anesthesia.
How do I care for my bonding treatments?
Bonded teeth should be cared for exactly as you would your other teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and cleanings and check-ups. The one difference, however, is that you need to avoid eating sticky or very hard foods, as they can break or crack the bonds.
How long does tooth bonding last?
Bonds typically last anywhere from three to 15 years. Longevity depends largely on your oral habits. Not brushing and flossing daily can cause decay that weakens the teeth and weakened teeth will not hold the bond as well.
Tooth Bonding vs Veneers
The answer depends on your current tooth health, age, and oral hygiene habits. The best way to find out would be to book an appointment with Dr. Barney. Together you can decide whether bonding is right for you, and how to proceed with treatments.
Schedule a consultation
If you would like to learn more about tooth bonding, and would like to see if you are a good candidate, call (304) 754-8803 to schedule a consultation at our office in Hedgesville, WV.