It’s rare to be born with a perfect set of teeth or to go through life without needing some type of cosmetic dental procedure. Sometimes, with age, teeth become worn down, damaged or yellow despite practising good oral hygiene.
Luckily, the improvements and science behind modern dentistry have made it possible for everyone to have a gorgeous and healthy smile.
If you have a cracked, chipped, or discoloured tooth, dental bonding can give you the confidence to flash those pearly whites. Bonding is a convenient, simple, and cost-effective way to enhance the look of your teeth and protect them from further damage.
What is Dental Bonding?
Bonding is the application of a tooth-coloured composite resin to repair a chipped, decayed, or fractured tooth. The procedure is called bonding because the material ‘bonds’ to the tooth. The composite resin used in bonding is polished and shaped to match the surrounding teeth.
How does Dental Bonding work?
To start the process, we use a shade guide to choose a composite resin colour that closely matches the shade of your natural teeth. Next, we roughen the surface of the tooth, and then apply a liquid that allows the bonding agent to stick to the tooth.
Lastly, we apply the composite resin over the liquid, molds or shapes the tooth, and then harden the material with an ultraviolet light. If necessary, we further shape the tooth after the resin hardens.
Why choose Dental Bonding?
Bonding is quick and minimally-invasive
Cosmetic bonding takes less time than porcelain veneers and cosmetic dental crowns. During bonding, we remove less of the enamel, as compared to veneers and crowns, making it far less invasive. Also, depending on how many teeth you are bonding, it may only take one dental visit.
Bonding is affordable
Bonding is far less expensive than other cosmetic dental procedures. Dental treatments like crowns and veneers can require several appointments to complete, therefore they cost more. Unless bonding is required to fix a cavity, anaesthesia is not usually required, further decreasing the costs.
Bonding is an effective way to enhance your smile
Bonding can repair a wide variety of dental concerns:
- Repair cracked or chipped teeth
- Improve the appearance of discoloured or stained teeth
- Fill in large gaps between teeth
- Change the shape of teeth for a more uniform appearance
- As a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
For many patients, bonding offers the ideal low-cost solution to minor flaws. Some of the limitations of bonding make it best suited for small cosmetic changes or short-term correction of cosmetic problems. Bonding is suitable for correcting teeth in areas of very low bite pressure, such as the front teeth.
Contact Van Lierop and Smith Dentistry to see if bonding is the right option to transform your smile.