What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic treatment that also has restorative benefits because it can improve the appearance of your teeth and repair damage or a loss of tooth structure. Whether you want to change the appearance of your teeth or repair eroded enamel, bonding is a simple and cost-effective way to rebuild the tooth structure with aesthetics in mind.
Composite resin, the same material used for tooth-colored fillings, is applied to the tooth in layers and cured with UV light. This builds up the tooth and instantly hardens the results. The entire process takes about 60 minutes per tooth, is minimally invasive, and is painless. Typically, an anesthetic is not needed unless you are combining dental bonding with tooth contouring.
What Oral Issues Does Bonding Address?
Dental bonding can cover up chips, cracks, discoloration, gaps, and misaligned teeth, cover an exposed root, or transform the size and shape of the teeth. Whether you have teeth that are too small, too long, or too sharp, dental bonding can cover all of that and create the tooth aesthetic you’ve always wanted.
It also protects your teeth from damage by rebuilding teeth that have lost tooth structure or been cracked. This offers additional protection against damage and infection. When teeth are chipped or have eroded enamel, they are more prone to breakage and cavities. The thinner your enamel is, the sooner the decay can penetrate deeper through the tooth.
How Long Does This Treatment Last?
The lifespan of dental bonding varies greatly, with estimates between 3 to 10 years. You might be thinking that 3 years is a lot different than 10 years and you’d be right. This is why it’s so important that you take precautions after bonding your teeth.
Patients with a short lifespan of their bonding procedure tend to introduce a lot of staining and wear and tear to their teeth, which damages or dislodges the bonding. Tooth bonding is a temporary procedure so you need to look after it properly for it to last a long time.
To extend the lifespan of your bonding, limit your exposure to staining foods and drinks, avoid smoking, don’t use your teeth as tools, avoid excessively hard, sticky, and chewy foods, and wear a mouthguard to sleep if you grind your teeth. Attend teeth cleanings and checkups every 6 months to maintain good oral hygiene.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Bonding?
If you’re in good oral health with only minor aesthetic issues with your teeth, then you are an excellent candidate for dental bonding. Bonding is only recommended for the teeth located at the front of the mouth which are visible when you smile.
Composite resin is not a durable material and will wear away very fast when placed in the back teeth. We also don’t recommend bonding for patients who grind their teeth unless they are committed to wearing a mouthguard to sleep every night. Teeth grinding damages your natural teeth and can break the bonding on your bonded teeth. Patients with severe tooth damage or orthodontic problems are not suitable for dental bonding. Dental bonding is only meant to correct minor cosmetic problems, not extensive damage like broken teeth or overcrowding.
Schedule Your Bonding Consultation Today!
If you’re interested in repairing damage, improving the aesthetic of your smile, and transforming your teeth, then bonding might be right for you! Contact us at Moonlight Beach Dental to schedule a bonding consultation with Dr. Vane.