Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth to restore or improve a patient’s smile.
Bonding is faster and cheaper than veneers or crowns, and can thus be a good option to make small cosmetic improvements to your teeth. Unlike veneers and crowns, bonding can be done within one office visit since nothing has to be made from a dental laboratory. Additionally, the procedure typically requires removing less tooth enamel compared to veneers and crowns. However, since bonding typically doesn’t last as long as other forms of restoration and is less resistant to stains, it is used more for small cosmetic touchups rather than major restorations.
Benefits of Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is a quick and affordable way to correct a variety of dental flaws, including:
- Low Bite Pressure (caused by short or uneven teeth)
- Tooth decay
Dental bonding takes little to no preparation, and the use of anesthesia is often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. Your dentist will match the shade of your existing teeth to select a resin color that will closely match the color of your tooth. Once this is done, the dentist will prepare the tooth so the bonding material will adhere easier. This involves roughening the surface of the affected tooth and applying a liquid conditioner. The dentist will then apply the resin to the tooth and cure it in place using an ultraviolet light. Finally, the dentist will apply the finishing touches by shaping and polishing the resin for a good fit.
The bonding procedure typically requires between 30 to 60 minutes to complete for each tooth. Therefore, you can have a new and improved smile in one visit to the dentist.
If you want to learn more about dental bonding, simply call Lake Dental and we will answer any questions you may have.