What is tooth bonding?
Tooth bonding is sometimes referred to as “cosmetic bonding,” since it can be used to fix all sorts of tooth chips and discolorations. During the procedure, your dentist will apply an abrasive, acidic conditioner to your teeth, to give the resin something to adhere to. Then, your dentist will take a resin–usually a strong plastic material–and paint it over your teeth. This resin “bonds” to your teeth when the dentist uses a special curing light. Because resins are durable and matched to the color of your teeth, your teeth will look nearly flawless.
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What are the benefits of tooth bonding?
As previously mentioned, tooth bonding is an extremely quick procedure. And because it is non-invasive, you don’t have to worry too much about post-procedural side effects. Most people only have a little sensitivity a few days after their appointment. Besides these benefits, there are many other to consider:
- Dental bonding practical functions as well as cosmetic ones:
- Composite bonding resins can be used to fix cavities instead of amalgam
- Bonding can protect exposed roots after gum recession
- Dental bonding can fix fractured or chipped teeth
- Dental bonding can be used to lengthen short teeth or to close gaps between teeth.
- Dental bonding can make smiles whiter and brighter
- Dental bonding isn’t a painful procedure–a lot of people don’t actually need anesthesia!
- Dental bonding is durable and can last a decade
There are lots of benefits, but are there anything that could mitigate these good results?
Your dentist will likely tell you, just like any other visit, you’ve got to brush, floss, and otherwise take good care of your teeth to reap all the rewards of dental bonding.
If you have a poor diet and poor habits, then the bonding will not last as long. For example, a diet full of hard candies or sugary drinks, like pop, can break bonds and wear down enamel. Staining foods and beverages (e.g. coffee) could bring back any discoloration you may have had.
Other poor habits mainly include:
- Clenching teeth
- The use of tobacco products
- Lax oral hygiene
It’s true, clenching your teeth isn’t always a habit you can control. But if your dentist notices wear on your teeth, you should cover your bases and pick up a mouthguard to wear at night. If you clench and grind your teeth during daytime hours, then you may want to look into what’s causing the habit, since it can be an indicator of stress. If you can’t curb clenched teeth, then dental bonds can break down.
Like a poor diet, the using tobacco products is a sure-fire way to bring back tooth discoloration. And if you don’t take care of your teeth, then cavities, gum recession, and other issues may arise, thus negating any changes you may have made with the tooth bonding.
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Dental bonding sounds similar to other restorative options, is there a difference?
Because dental bonding has some overlap between cosmetic and functional goals, it is similar to other procedures in that way–but there are differences you should be aware of. For instance, while inlays/onlays can be used to fill portions of missing teeth like bonding, they are stronger and used in more severe cavities and fractures.Bonding is often compared to porcelain
Bonding is often compared to porcelain veneers since these restorations are also intended to improve a tooth’s color, length, or shape. However, if a person has otherwise strong teeth besides a small chip or fracture, then laminates are often not recommended. A tiny amount of enamel needs to be shaved down for laminates to be placed, so they are often better for multiple teeth that have been discolored or worn down by age. Also, since laminates are often considered to be a cosmetic procedure, they can be much more
A tiny amount of enamel needs to be shaved down for laminates to be placed, so they are often better for multiple teeth that have been discolored or worn down by age. Also, since laminates are often considered to be a cosmetic procedure, they can be much more pricey than dental bonding.
The difference in price is also a result of how laminates are made. For dental bonding, your dentist can whip up the materials in-office, but laminates actually are custom-made at a laboratory. Obviously, it will be best to discuss all these procedural differences with Dr. Huang before setting your mind to one option. All sorts of factors, such as budget concerns and the state of your oral health, will help you determine your individual needs.
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