If you are unhappy with the size or shape of your teeth, dental bonding can be used to reshape them. Dental bonding is a very successful approach to closing gaps in your teeth and correcting teeth that are small or poorly shaped. It’s also a great way to repair chipped teeth. It is quick, effective, and inexpensive.
If you’re in the Orlando area, and would like to learn more about the benefits and limitations of bonding for your teeth, please call (407) 834-6446 or email our cosmetic dentistry office today for an appointment.
What Dental Bonding Can Accomplish
Dental bonding is a versatile procedure that can help with many common complaints people have about their smile, such as:
- Chipped tooth
- Minor cracking in teeth
- Gaps in teeth
- Small teeth, such as retained baby teeth or peg laterals
- Poorly shaped teeth
By reshaping teeth, it improves the appearance of your smile. For example, dental bonding closes a tooth gap not by moving your teeth together to close the gap like orthodontics does. Instead, your teeth are broadened so that they fill the gap.
How It Works
Dental bonding uses the same material that’s often used for resin composite tooth-colored fillings. It’s a soft plastic putty that has ceramic pieces in it to add strength. This putty is first mixed with pigments so it perfectly matches the color of your teeth. Then it is applied to the tooth. The putty is shaped to give the desired appearance.
Then the bonding is exposed to a specific color of light, which activates and hardens the plastic in the composite, causing it to solidify. If a large volume of bonding is needed, it may have to be applied in multiple layers.
When the final shape is achieved, the bonding is polished to a tooth-like luster.
Benefits of Dental Bonding
It is a very effective treatment in the right circumstances. Dental bonding:
- Gives good results
- Can be completed in one visit
- Less expensive than competing options
The latter benefit is one of the main reasons why dental bonding enjoys its popularity. As an inexpensive alternative, people often turn to dental bonding first, sometimes using it as a trial procedure in deciding whether they want a more permanent procedure like porcelain veneers.
Limits of Dental Bonding
However, it does have its limitations, such as:
- Not strong enough for extensive tooth rebuilding
- Does not last as long as porcelain veneers
- Susceptible to staining
- Not as attractive as ceramic restorations
As a result of these limitation, it remains popular for small repairs and makeovers, but for more significant smile makeovers, people tend to choose ceramic restorations.