Tooth BondingAn Overview
Do you have a cosmetic blemish you wish you could hide?
Dental bonding is a semi-permanent solution for repairing minor damage or cosmetic blemishes that impact the appearance of the smile. Dental bonding can help to restore a tooth’s natural aesthetic without the financial or long-term commitment of dental veneers.
Claremont Dental Institute provides dental bonding for children, teens, and adult patients. Our dentists integrate dental technology with their advanced skill set providing patients with natural-looking results that improve oral health and boost self-confidence.
Is dental bonding right for me?
Your dentist may recommend dental bonding for your child or teen’s growing smile. Bonding can be reversed down the road and replaced with porcelain veneers once your child’s smile matures. Learn more about the difference between dental bonding and porcelain veneers here.
Bonding is also an effective and natural-looking solution for patients who are looking for a short-term solution for improving the appearance of their smile. If your tooth was damaged unexpectedly, bonding is a more affordable way to repair your tooth right away and may help to prevent secondary dental concerns from developing.
What is dental bonding?
Bonding is a malleable plastic resin material that your dentist bonds to your tooth. The bonding is molded into the desired shape while on the tooth allowing for a more precise outcome.
Your dentist will match the color of the resin to the tooth for a seamless result. The dental resin is highly durable and stain-resistant.
Dental bonding can be used to fill a dental cavity or may be used for restoring a damaged or broken tooth. Dental bonding can also be used to improve the appearance of a discolored or misshapen tooth.
In some cases, bonding may be used to address exposed tooth roots due to a receding gum line or to close small gaps between teeth.
What Issues Does Tooth Bonding Address?
- To repair decayed teeth
- To repair chipped or cracked teeth
- To improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- To close spaces between teeth
- To make teeth look longer
- To change the shape of teeth
- To protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede
Benefits Of Tooth Bonding
- Little to no removal of enamel, retaining the health and natural structure of your tooth
- Less extensive procedure than restorations like porcelain veneers or dental crowns
- Can usually be completed in one appointment
Does Bonding Require Special Aftercare?
Bonded teeth do not require special care. Simply follow good oral hygiene practices. Brush teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash once or twice a day.
Visit Claremont Dental Institute for regular professional check-ups and cleanings. It is important to avoid such habits as biting fingernails, and chewing on pens, ice, or other hard food objects because bonding material can chip and crack.