Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that uses composite resin to cover gaps or change the color of a tooth. Dental bonding may be used to fix teeth that are chipped, cracked, or misshapen. The resin used in dental bonding is matched to your natural tooth enamel, making it look natural.
What Do Dental Bonding Address?
A dental bonding procedure can help in the following cases:
- Repair chipped or cracked teeth
- Repair misshapen teeth
- Make small teeth look longer
- Improve the appearance of severely discolored teeth
- Close spaces between teeth
- Change the shape of teeth
- Repair decayed teeth; used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
Dental Bonding - Procedure
First, your dentist will prepare the tooth surface. He or she will use a shade guide to select a composite resin color that matches the color of the tooth. The dentist will then etch the surface of the tooth and apply a conditioning gel. Once the tooth is prepared, your dentist will apply the composite resin. He or she will mold and shape it to the desired shape. Then, the material is hardened with a dental light. Finally, the dentist will apply the finishing touches, making any necessary adjustments.
What Materials Are Used In Dental Bonding?
Most dental bonding uses composite resin. This plastic-like resin comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades, making it a great option for filling in small imperfections.
What Are The Benefits of Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a quick and affordable way to improve the appearance of your smile. With relatively little preparation, we are able to apply the dental resin to your teeth and shape it for a completely natural look. We can then harden the dental resin with a specialized light. With proper dental hygiene and routine visits to the dentist, dental bonding can last for many years. The other major advantages of the dental bonding procedure include the following:
- Painless and less invasive than veneers
- Relatively inexpensive, cost-effective procedure
- It can be matched to the color of your teeth
How Long Will Dental Bonding Last?
Bonding can last anywhere between 3-10 years, though this depends on how well you care for your teeth. If you practice good oral hygiene, it can last even longer. Dental bonding is more susceptible to staining and chipping than porcelain veneers.
At Kusek Family & Implant Dentistry, we offer a full range of services, including cosmetic and implant dentistry in a relaxed dental environment. To learn more about our dental services or to schedule your consultation with one of our dentists, call us at 605-371-3443 or visit us at 4921 E. 26th St., Suite 1, Sioux Falls, SD 57110.