Los Altos, CA
Dental bonding is a special resin composite that adheres to your teeth and becomes as hard as your own enamel. Bonding can solve many cosmetic dentistry problems at an affordable price. Stained, gapped, chipped or misaligned teeth can be bonded to give you a reshaped smile, usually in one office visit. The color of the bonding material must match your other teeth so that it appears natural. This may require getting your other teeth to a pleasing color first, through teeth whitening or other services. Compared to porcelain veneers, bonding is not a long-lasting solution. Depending on your oral habits, it can last up to 10 years or more, before requiring a new treatment. It is a good alternative for patients who want dental reconstruction but are not candidates for tooth replacement including dental implants or teeth in a day.
Why Consider Bonding?
Bonding, also called dental bonding or tooth bonding, is an effective solution for fixing many different types of dental defects. You may be considering bonding because you have small chips in your teeth. Alternatively, perhaps you have a small gap between your front teeth that you might like to have closed. Bonding can help to make uneven teeth more uniform with the rest. It can also help to improve the color of your teeth or even fill cavities.
How is Bonding Done?
Bonding is one of the least invasive cosmetic dental procedures there is. Before beginning, we use a color guide that allows us to choose the shade of composite resin that best matches the color of your natural teeth. The actual procedure begins with roughing up your enamel. This can be done either with an acid etch or with a dental laser. The rough surface helps the composite resin to better adhere to your teeth. Next, a liquid is applied to the teeth that act as a sort of glue that enables the material to stick. We then apply the composite resin and shape it to provide you with the best results possible. An ultraviolet light dries the material. Finally, the composite resin is given final touch-ups and polished.
Are There Any Risks Associated with Bonding?
Bonding does not have any serious risks associated with it. It is important to keep in mind. However, that composite resin material is not as strong as your actual teeth so that it can chip or break. Taking care to avoid chewing on ice, your pen, or your fingernails can help to avoid this issue.
Pros of Bonding
There are several shades of composite resin available, which allows us to choose a color that best matches your actual teeth. The procedure itself is non-invasive. There is no need for a local anesthetic, which means no needles. It only takes one appointment to complete the procedure. Because we do not need to remove any of your tooth enamel, we can preserve the most amount of your natural tooth structure. This can help to avoid potential complications such as tooth sensitivity. Bonding is also one of the most affordable cosmetic treatments out there.
Cons of Bonding
There are some things that you should keep in mind when considering bonding as a cosmetic solution. The material is not as strong as your natural teeth, which leaves it more prone to chipping or breaking than other solutions such as veneers or crowns. Composite resin can stain, and it cannot be whitened. It is not an ideal solution for covering bigger cosmetic issues because it is at a greater risk of cracking. In some rare instances, the entire bonding can come detached from your tooth.
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Find out if you are a candidate for dental veneers or composite bonding! Call (650) 949-3376 to schedule your consultation appointment now!