Dental bonding is a procedure by which tooth-colored resin is applied to teeth and sculpted to create a better appearance. The resin is attached with an adhesive and then cured with a high-intensity light to ensure hardness and durability.
With proper care, dental bonding is estimated to last up to ten years, and although alternatives like veneers are also an option, dental bonding is far less expensive. If you’re unhappy with your smile for some reason, you might wonder if dental bonding is an option that can improve the appearance of your teeth. Here are just a few things dental bonding can do for your smile.
Cover Chips and Cracks
Dental bonding is often used for cosmetic purposes, but it can also be a functional procedure. Teeth that suffer from chips, cracks, or breaks are not only unsightly, but they may be more prone to infection or additional damage.
Dental bonding can help to protect damaged teeth in certain cases (where there is not enough damage to warrant a crown, for example), as well as reconstruct the shape of a tooth, or even improve on the previous appearance.
Hide Severe Stains and Discoloration
As we age, it is natural for teeth to become discolored and stained. This may be caused by any number of factors, including the foods and beverages you consume, how well you care for your teeth, bad habits like tobacco use, illness, injury, or medications, just for example.
In some cases, stains can be treated with whitening procedures, but such procedures may not deliver desired results, especially if discoloration is deep within teeth. In this case, dental bonding provides an alternate solution.
Dental bonding can be applied to just one tooth or to several, helping to create a uniform color and appearance across your whole smile. It also tends to require less upkeep than whitening procedures, although proper care requires that you try to avoid tobacco and foods that can stain not only your teeth, but also dental bonding materials.
Create a Straighter Smile
Bonding is not the answer for severe misalignment of teeth. In such cases, dramatic improvement will likely require the application of orthodontic braces.
That said, bonding is commonly used to fill in gaps and cosmetically correct overlapping or crooked teeth. Dental bonding can create the illusion of a straight, uniform smile for anyone suffering from minor misalignment and other issues like chips, cracks, or discoloration.