Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure in which a tooth-colored composite material is applied to a tooth, sculpted into shape, hardened, and polished. It’s like the mouth’s equivalent to having acrylic nails applied, except it is happening in your mouth, and it is not just a cosmetic choice. It is used to repair decayed, chipped, fractured, or discolored teeth, as well as to close gaps between teeth and to make teeth appear longer.
Bonding with Pearly Whites
Dental bonding can improve your smile in several ways. It can:
- Repair chipped or cracked teeth
- Fill in gaps between teeth
- Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- Make teeth look longer
- Change the shape of teeth
- Protect exposed tooth roots
- Correct minor bite issues
Overall, dental bonding can give you a more even, attractive smile.
The Not-So-Smiley Part
While dental bonding is a safe and effective procedure for many patients, there are some downsides to consider. These include:
- The bonding material is less strong and durable than other restorative materials, such as porcelain or metal.
- Bonding material can chip or break off, requiring repair or replacement.
- Bonding material can stain or discolor over time, especially if exposed to certain foods or drinks.
- The bonding material may last less time than other restorative options, such as veneers or crowns.
Overall, dental bonding is a good option for patients with minor cosmetic issues or who want a more affordable alternative to other restorative options.
It is often less expensive than other options, such as porcelain veneers or dental crowns. If you are interested in dental bonding, contact Dr. Foote to schedule a consultation.