Dental bonding is a procedure to restore or improve your smile. Tooth-colored resin material is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth.
For what conditions might dental bonding be considered?
- Repair decayed teeth (composite resins are used to fill cavities)
- Fix chipped or cracked teeth
- Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- Close spaces between teeth
- Make teeth look longer
- Change the shape of teeth
- Cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
- Protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede
What are the advantages and disadvantages of bonding?
Bonding is amongst the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. Veneers and crowns are customized tooth coverings that must be manufactured in a laboratory. Bonding can usually be done in one dental office visit (unless several teeth are involved). Another advantage of bonding, compared to veneers and crowns, is that less tooth enamel is removed with this procedure.
Although dental bonding material is somewhat stain-resistant, it does not resist stains as well as crowns or veneers do. Another disadvantage is that the bonding materials are not as strong and therefore do not last as long as other restorative procedures, such as crowns and veneers.