Cosmetic Dental Bonding
Unlike veneers or crowns, dental bonding
removes little, if any, of the original tooth.
The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit with the length of treatment time determined by the number of teeth to be bonded as well as the difficulty of the required treatment. It can run between 30 minutes up to 3 or 4 hours on difficult full smile reconstructions.
Bonding can improve the appearance of a single tooth or recreate a smile for a new you. Since the composite resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip or break than natural teeth so they must be treated and maintained very carefully. Bonding typically lasts three to five years before needing repairs, touch-ups or re-polishing. But if a tooth chips or breaks, it can be repaired in literally minutes.
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There are a number of different methods for restoring chipped and stained teeth or teeth that are slightly out of alignment. Although dental bonding does not have the longevity or durability of porcelain veneers it is a quick and relatively inexpensive cosmetic procedure.
The tooth is prepared by lightly conditioning the tooth surface and then applying primers and bonding adhesives before placing the composite material. Once applied, it is sculpted into the desired shape and hardened by a curing light. After the composite has set, the restoration is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance matching the surrounding teeth.
Bonding is a common solution for:
- Fixing or repairing chipped or cracked teeth
- Reducing unsightly gaps or spaces between teeth
- Hiding discoloration or faded areas on the tooth’s surface
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