Bonding & Recontouring
WHAT IS DENTAL BONDING?
Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored composite material (a durable plastic material) is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately "bonds" the material to the tooth to restore or improve a person's smile.
Re-contouring is a name for the shaping of a tooth by subtly removing outside tooth structure to give the tooth or a series of teeth a more beautiful or symmetrical look. This is often used in conjunction with bonding so that the adding and subtracting of structure can result in the most ideal esthetic result.
WHY WOULD I NEED BONDING OR RECONTOURING?
Dental bonding is an option that can be considered:
- 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 (along with recontouring)
- To protect a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed when gums recede
Advantages: Dental bonding is among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. Unlike veneers and crowns, which are customized tooth coverings that must be manufactured in our dental lab thereby requiring several appointments, bonding usually can be done in one visit unless a number of teeth are involved. Another advantage, compared with crowns, is that less tooth structure is removed. Also dental bonding doesn’t usually require local anesthesia.
Disadvantages: Although the material used in dental bonding is somewhat stain resistant, it does not resist stains as well as crowns or veneers. Another disadvantage is that the bonding materials do not last as long nor are as strong as other restorative procedures, such as crowns, veneers, or fillings. Additionally, bonding materials can chip and break off the tooth.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF DENTAL BONDING?
Because of some of the limitations of dental bonding, some dentists view it as best suited for small cosmetic changes, for temporary correction of cosmetic defects, and for correction of teeth in areas of very low bite pressure (for example, front teeth). Consult with one of the dentists at Restorative and Aesthetic Dental Associates about the best cosmetic approach for your particular problem.
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