Made of a durable plastic, tooth-colored material, dental bonding uses a special light to harden the material to the tooth. Before the bonding process begins, we will select a composite resin color that closely matches your tooth for the most natural look. After we have the right color, we will apply a conditioning liquid to the surface of your tooth to help the bonding material adhere to it. The resin is then applied, molded, and smoothed to your desired shape. The special light or an ultraviolet light is used to harden the bonding material. After that, it’s just a trim, shape, and polish away from the perfect teeth.
Taking about half an hour to an hour per tooth to complete, you should consider dental bonding:
- To repair decayed, chipped, or cracked teeth
- To mask discoloration of teeth
- To change the shape of teeth or make them look longer
- To close gaps between teeth
- To protect the tooth’s exposed root when gums recede
Dental bonding offers many advantages. Among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dentistry, dental bonding can be done in just one office visit unless you need several teeth done than multiple office visits are necessary. Compared to veneers and crowns, dental bonding removes the least amount of tooth enamel and rarely uses anesthesia unless you need a cavity filled.
The lifespan of dental bonding depends on how much bonding was done and what your oral habits are. Usually dental bonding can last from three to 10 years before touch ups or replacements are encouraged giving you the perfect smile that lasts.
Best suited for small cosmetic changes, temporary corrections, and for correction of teeth in low bite pressure areas, dental bonding can correct your small imperfections, and St. Bethlehem Dental Care can help you choose the best solution for your cosmetic needs.