Whether your teeth are stained, cracked or mildly misaligned, cosmetic dental bonding can often be used to quickly restore a beautiful smile. The bonding materials act as a replacement for missing enamel and dentin, providing durable protection and enhancement for your teeth.
Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Wettstein, matches the composite resin to the rest of your teeth to seamlessly blend in and cover any imperfections. Before you know it, you can have the smile you’ve been waiting for!
Advantages of Dental Bonding
Unlike porcelain veneers or dental crowns, dental bonding removes little if any of the original tooth. Dental bonding is a quick and simple process and is also relatively inexpensive. Composite resins are available in many different shades and can be easily matched the natural tooth color of the original tooth improving the appearance of your teeth without damaging your natural tooth structure.
The term bonding is used to describe procedures where tooth-colored dental resins and composites are used. Direct bonding techniques can be used to change the shapes and colors of teeth as well as to close unattractive spaces.
It can also be used to repair chipped or broken teeth or even to cover up unsightly stains. Unlike crowns or caps, direct bonding requires only a minimal amount of tooth reduction thus making it a very conservative procedure.
After slight preparation, the tooth is etched with a weak phosphoric acid solution to create a more porous and rougher surface for increased bonding strength. Next, a composite (plastic) resin in placed on the tooth and shaped, contoured and hardened with a special curing light. It is then further shaped and highly polished creating a very natural appearance. The procedure usually requires only one visit and is not painful.
The bonded composite has an average life of four to eight years, and often lasts longer depending on how and where in the mouth it is applied and how it is maintained. The area can be touched up and even re-bonded over time as necessary.
Many dental insurance plans cover most of the cost of bonding, particularly when it is done for structural reasons or to fill a cavity.
A crown covers a tooth to restore its normal shape and size. The cap is placed on teeth that have lost a lot of their structure-- dental crowns range from full porcelain to full metal.
Dental bridges can preserve the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy smile by bridging the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge can be fixed or removable.
Dental implants provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Eat virtually anything plus implants help solve denture problems.
Fillings are often used to care for cavities. Cavities are also known as dental decay and arise from lack of routine cleaning or constant contact with an acid environment, sugary foods, or soda drinks.
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