Dental bonding is a popular solution to many cosmetic dentistry woes. If you’re feeling a wee bit self-conscious due to certain things about your smile, like a chipped tooth or a large gap, a dental bond can help.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is the process where your dentist bonds material to your teeth in order to help improve a minor issue. Usually, it is made from a composite material as this is the most cost-effective. It is applied to your teeth and then moulded into the correct shape. Next, your dentist will remove the resin, apply a gentle acid to your tooth to remove a small layer of enamel so that they can make room for the mould.
Once the tooth or teeth have been prepared, the bonding will be reapplied and shaped and moulded once again. Then a special UV light is used to cure the bonding, adhering it to your teeth. The bonding might be adjusted again to ensure that the look and feel are perfect.
Once it reaches its ideal shape, the final product will be buffed and polished to match the rest of your natural teeth.
What problems does tooth bonding fix?
Chipped or Cracked Tooth
If you went through trauma that left you with a chipped or broken tooth, then tooth bonding is an easy solution. It can help improve the look of your smile while also restoring the structure of the damaged tooth, which helps prevent the problem from worsening. However, there is a limit to how much damage dental bonding can fix. It can only be used to fix small to medium chips. If the breakage is large enough, your dentist might suggest a crown or veneers.
Staining and discolouration are inevitable, despite brushing and flossing regularly, but this issue can be easily fixed using tooth bonding. Teeth whitening is a good option for restoring or improving the shade of your smile, but it might leave behind stubborn stains or marks. Tooth bonding is the only effective solution for this problem and is usually done if only a few teeth are affected.
Composite resin can fill part of a tooth which has crumbled away due to tooth decay. This helps give the tooth more support and strength because the composite is attached directly to the tooth. It also acts as a better alternative than a filling, since it can be matched to the shade of your tooth for a natural appearance.
Gaps Between Teeth
If you have gaps between your teeth that you don’t like, your dentist can fill them using tooth bonding. Since it can be sculpted into any shape, it is the perfect material to give you the smile you desire. It can help make your teeth look longer, change their shape and close the gaps in between.
If you experience sensitivity this is because over time your tooth enamel has worn away, exposing the dentin layer. This can also happen if you have a receding gum line that exposes the roots of the teeth. The composite resin can be used in bonding to help protect the roots of your teeth when the gums start to recede.
Reasons You Should Get Tooth Bonding
If you’re experiencing any of the problems above, getting them fixed as soon as possible helps reduce the risk of more severe problems occurring. Tooth bonding has many benefits, such as:
1. Treatment only takes one appointment
If you’ve chipped your tooth you can have it repaired in only one sitting by using tooth bonding as the solution. This means you can go back to living life regularly in no time. The other solutions are getting veneers or crowns, which take multiple visits to your dentist’s office.
2. Natural look and feel
The composite materials used to make the bonding are designed to blend in with your natural teeth. This means that it will be virtually impossible for anyone to tell if a person has a tooth repaired using bonding. Tooth bonding also allows your dentist to only cover the part of the tooth that has been damaged, instead of needing to cover the entire tooth to make things appear uniform.
3. Tooth bonding is a non-invasive procedure
Having your tooth repaired via tooth bonding is a non-invasive treatment. There is no pain and therefore no anesthetics are needed. This is very different from other treatments like veneers or crowns. Both crowns and veneers require the removal of some tooth enamel before they can be applied. In the end, a tooth treated with either of those needs to be protected using a dental prosthetic at all times since it will no longer have protection from bacteria in the mouth.
4. Easy maintenance
Maintaining a tooth with dental bonding is no different than caring for your natural teeth. It simply requires the same regular brushing and flossing you would normally do. Keep in mind that a repaired tooth won’t be as strong as a natural tooth, so you must be careful when eating hard food items.
Is dental bonding worth it?
Dental bonding can be an affordable and practical solution for you. The benefits you get from dental bonding will depend on your exact situation and your priorities, such as cost, longevity etc. The first thing you should do is have your options assessed by your dentist.
If you would like to know more about cosmetic dentistry in Oakville, call Oakville Place Dental at 905-842-6030 or contact us here.