Have you ever wondered if there’s an alternative to braces and veneers? Most people don’t know about dental bonding, but it actually provides a range of benefits compared to other procedures in the world of cosmetic dentistry.
What is Dental Bonding?
If you’re not familiar with dental bonding, it’s essentially a temporary solution to repairing gapped teeth, a chipped tooth, or discoloration. It’s a simple process that involves applying a tooth-colored composite resin to your teeth, giving the natural appearance of a better-looking smile.
While veneers are costly and require plenty of time to make and install because of the customized mold and the manufacturing process in the lab, dental bonding takes a significantly less amount of time.
In just a single visit to your dentist, you’ll fix that gap or fracture in your teeth, giving you the smile you’ve always wanted. Because the resin material physically bonds to your teeth, it will appear natural.
Another way for it to look natural is the shade matching process your dentist will perform before the procedure. The composite resin comes in a variety of colors, so your dentist will choose the color that best matches your natural teeth.
After choosing the color, your dentist will slightly etch the surface of your tooth to roughen it. This step, combined with the coating of conditioning liquid that is applied afterward, will help the resin material adhere and bond correctly to your tooth.
Once your dentist applies the resin, it will be molded and smoothed out to match the shape of your tooth. The resin then hardens after being exposed to a laser or ultraviolet lamp. However, the process doesn’t end there. After the dental bonding material hardens, your dentist will continue to trim and shape it as needed.
Finally, the material is then polished to match the natural shine of your teeth. While the process might sound complicated, it only takes about thirty minutes to an hour, and our expert in cosmetic dentistry, Dr. de Cardenas, is very familiar with the procedure.
What are the Benefits of Dental Bonding?
There are quite a few benefits to dental bonding, but one of the most notable advantages is how long-lasting it is, although it’s technically a temporary solution. Depending on how well you take care of your teeth, dental bonding usually lasts several years before you have to do the process again.
This procedure is also extremely low risk, non-invasive, and pain-free. In rare cases where patients have gum and/or tooth decay, dentists may have to use anesthesia, leading to short-lived sensitivity in the area for the patient. Again, this is rare, so the average dental bonding experience is painless and requires minimal tooth removal.
Even better, bonding is one of the least cosmetic dentistry procedures out there, especially compared to braces and veneers. However, the hardened resin material is so similar to your natural teeth, that it can stain just like your real teeth.
Substances like coffee, tea, and cigarette smoke can stain it, so it’s extremely important to avoid them for the first 48 hours after this procedure. You should also brush your teeth often and get regular cleanings from your dentist.
At Dr. Andres de Cardenas’ office, we want to give you the smile of your dreams. Request an appointment online or give us a call!