Dental Bonding To Fix Minor Cosmetic Issues
Many people come into our office with minor defects in their smile. Some are content to go on living with them but others are simply embarrassed by them and want them fixed. One of the simplest ways to fix these common defects is called “bonding.” This process can fix cosmetic as well as some structural imperfections in your teeth.
Dental bonding is used to repair cracked, chipped, and discolored teeth including the replacement of silver fillings. It can also repair misaligned teeth, thereby giving the patient a straighter and more uniform smile. The results can be absolutely amazing.
This material can also be directly applied and sculpted to the surfaces of teeth that are prominently displayed during a smile. (This is termed as a minimally invasive smile makeover.)
What’s Involved In The Dental Bonding Procedure
Getting the material ready for the bonding process generally comes first. The doctor will look over the color of your teeth and then will choose the right tone of the composite resin to match your natural shade of teeth. This is important for you as it will help your smile look even and natural.
The start of the bonding process is when the dentist uses a rubber dam to isolate the tooth (or teeth). This is to prevent moisture interference on the tooth. Depending on how extensive the bonding will be, there might need to be a little numbing of the tooth and the area around it to make you the most comfortable.
Next, one of doctors will roughen the surface of the existing tooth for the resin to adhere properly. He will then apply a gentle phosphoric acid solution on the tooth’s surface and then removes it after 15 seconds. There is no discomfort to this at all.
The resin is then carefully applied to the tooth, is shaped and smoothed to achieve the desired look.
The resin material is then hardened with the aid of a high intensity light called a “curing light.” Once the resin material is to the desired hardness and strength, the bonded tooth is then buffed and polished to match the appearance and shape of the surrounding teeth.
The result … Most people looking at your smile will never be able to tell that your teeth weren’t perfect to begin with.
Because we take great care to plan the procedure in advance, the bonding treatment normally only takes about one office visit to complete.
Even if the treatment goes over for two or more visits, the results can be quite pleasing.
Benefits Of Bonding
Dental bonding offers several benefits for our patients. For starters, it is quick, affordable, virtually painless, and the result can last a long time with the proper care and oral hygiene regimen at home.
Dental bonding is a good alternative to the more extensive (and expensive) treatment with porcelain veneers, bridges and crowns.
The composite resin used in the cosmetic bonding process is very flexible. It expands and contracts with the natural tooth, thereby preventing cracks and tooth loss.
What Are The Costs Involved In Bonding
Cosmetic dentistry financing has always been a primary concern with many patients. For tooth bonding, the cost varies according to the number of teeth repaired. Sometimes, the cost varies depending on the areas where the dental procedure is preformed.
Insurance carriers usually cover tooth bonding, especially if it is done for structural reasons. Likewise, many cosmetic dentists have financing plans available for their patients.
Nowadays, dental procedures like tooth bonding are already affordable to patients of all financial backgrounds. The way that dental bonding works wonders on your teeth (alignment, whitening, and overall improvement of appearance) is a good enough reason to pay for the cosmetic dentistry cost.
If you have questions about bonding or think that it might be a great option to fix some of your dental problems, then we invite you to give us a call and let’s discuss the best course of action for you to get the dental work you need.