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 your smile. Dental bonding can help to restore a tooth’s natural aesthetic without the financial or long-term commitment of dental veneers. Tooth bonding is a painless procedure, since no drilling or anesthesia is usually necessary.
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.
What is Dental Bonding?
Bonding is a malleable plastic resin material that your dentist bonds to your tooth. He molds and shapes the bonding into the desired shape while on the tooth allowing for a more precise outcome. Your dentist will also match the color of the resin to the tooth for a seamless result. The dental resin is highly durable and stain-resistant.
Our dentists can use dental bonding to fill a tooth cavity or to restore a damaged or broken tooth. Dental bonding can also improve the appearance of a discolored or misshapen tooth. In some cases, bonding can address exposed tooth roots due to a receding gum line, or close small gaps between teeth.
Dental bonding can address the following issues:
- Repair decayed teeth.
- Repair chipped or cracked teeth.
- Improve the appearance of discolored teeth.
- Close spaces between teeth.
- Make teeth look longer.
- Straighten irregularly-shaped teeth.
- Change the shape of teeth.
- Protect a portion of exposed tooth root when gums recede.
- Enhance the shape of a tooth to correct the bite.
Is Dental Bonding Right for Me?
If you are embarrassed by your smile or you suffer from gaps between your teeth, dental bonding may be the perfect solution. Bonding is also an effective and natural-looking solution for patients who need 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. It may also help prevent secondary dental concerns from developing.
Our dentists may recommend dental bonding for your child or teen’s damaged teeth as well. It is painless and a relatively quick procedure, making it an ideal treatment choice for young patients. Furthermore, a dentist can remove bonding down the road and replace it with porcelain veneers once your child’s smile matures. To learn more about the difference between dental bonding and porcelain veneers, visit Teeth Bonding Vs. Porcelain Veneers.
Some more benefits of dental bonding include:
- Little to no removal of enamel, retaining the health and natural structure of your tooth.
- Less extensive procedure rather than restorations like porcelain veneers or dental crowns.
- The procedure is complete in one appointment.
Does Bonding Require Special Aftercare?
Bonded teeth do not require special maintenance. 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.
However, 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. In addition, it is important to continue a regular dental hygiene routine and to attend regular dental check-ups. Visit Claremont Dental Institute for regular professional check-ups and cleanings.