Dental bonding is a simple, commonly used procedure in which composite resin is molded and adhered to a tooth surface. This resin matches the color of the teeth, allowing it to blend in with the rest of the smile. They can help to correct minor cosmetic flaws such as chipped teeth, discoloration, and misshapen teeth to improve the teeth appearance.
The bonding material is shaded to match the surrounding teeth, giving it a more natural appearance. The resin is then applied to the teeth and hardened in place using a curing light.
Teeth bonding is an option that can be considered:
- To repair decayed teeth
- To repair chipped or cracked teeth
- To enhance the appearance of stained or discolored teeth
- To close spaces between gapped teeth
- To make short teeth look longer
- To change the shape of misshapen teeth
- As an alternative to amalgam fillings
The dental bonding procedure involves roughening the surface of the tooth and the application of a tooth-colored composite material to the prepared tooth. The dentist will carefully apply the tooth-colored bonding material to the tooth using a specialized dental tool. The bonding material is then molded and smoothed to the desired shape and hardened with a light or laser. Once the bonding material hardens, it is again shaped and polished to match the appearance of the rest of the tooth surface.
Dental bonding usually only takes one visit to complete. The amount of time it takes depends on the number of teeth receiving the bonding treatment and how many teeth need to be prepared. During the initial consultation, the dentist will discuss expectations and determine the total cost of the procedure.
What Are The Advantages of Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a relatively simple procedure, and can be completed in just one visit unlike veneers and crowns which are manufactured in a dental lab. Another advantage of dental bonding is that they need less removal of healthy tooth enamel than dental crowns and veneers. Besides, the process doesn't usually require anesthesia unless it is done to fill a cavity.
Bonded teeth require the same care as natural teeth. Be sure to brush well at least twice each day and clean between teeth with dental floss. Use a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
To learn more about the dental services offered by Azalea Road Dental, call Dentist in Mobile, AL at (251) 666-1310 or schedule an appointment online.