Experiencing a chipped tooth or a space between the front teeth that is a bit unsightly? Dental bonding may be the answer.
Dental bonding is the cosmetic procedure where a resin composite tooth-colored material is applied to the teeth to improve a smile. Bonding improves the appearance of teeth that are broken, chipped, stained, cracked, or have gaps between them.
Bonding the front teeth requires slight preparations of the tooth. Typically, anesthesia is not needed unless decay or an old restoration is present. A tooth is then roughened with a conditioning gel to aid the bonding material in adhering. Afterwards, a composite resin is applied and cured with ultraviolet light. Then the dentist will shape and polish the bonding until it reaches the final look.
Bonding is one of the least costly cosmetic procedures and does not require as much time as other operations. More often than not, dental bonding may be completed within just a single visit. Whereas veneers and crowns take more time to prepare and multiple visits, dental bondings do not require as much time out of your day. In regard to the invasiveness of a procedure, there is no need to break a sweat over dental bonding, as it requires negligible tooth removal. Quite often patients receive multiple bondings in a singular appointment. The minimally invasive procedure is also what draws many to this choice, as it seems less intensive for those concerned with or withholding dental fears.
Despite the great benefits, dental bonding does have its drawbacks. One of these is staining, and although brilliantly shining results can be obtained through bonding, over time, any bonding resin will begin to stain. For a more permanent solution a veneer or crown will be the way to go. Although dental bondings are faster and easier to get, they typically lack the durability of veneers and crowns. The latter remain the more resilient when it comes to avoiding chips and breaks.
Durability of Dental Bondings
Success of dental bonding is defined, in part, on the location of the repair on the tooth. If the bonding is on the edge of the tooth, it typically will not last as long because of biting forces and certain types of food bitten into. Chewy, tough or crunchy foods will diminish the bonding at a faster rate than soft foods. Patients with bonding on their visible teeth often avoid direct bites into food that could damage the structural integrity of dental bonding. Tooth-colored bondings may last 5 to 10 years, depending on bonding location, the patient’s eating, chewing, and biting characteristics.
How To Maintain Dental Bondings
Regular brushing and flossing for the areas are necessary as is for natural teeth. However, as mentioned above, dental bonding can and will stain over the long-haul. The potential for stains will be much higher (and will occur much faster) for those who ingest more red wine, coffee and tea, tobacco products, or dark soda.
Dental bonding is a wonderful choice for particular aesthetic circumstances. There are several limitations with the composite resin material, so refer to the dentists at Sahara Dental in Las Vegas, NV about the best option for moving forward.