No one has perfect teeth. For minor cosmetic defects, dental bonding with our dentists at Sullivan Dental is a great solution. Dental bonding uses a resin material made from a combination of ceramic and plastic to basically cover the defects, creating a perfect smile. Bonding is a great alternative to porcelain veneers for those who want a simpler process at a lower cost. And it can usually be done in just a single appointment!
What is dental bonding?
In dental bonding, our dentists uses dental resin to mask cosmetic imperfections on a tooth or teeth. The resin is applied, sculpted, and then cured. Bonding is very versatile and can solve a variety of cosmetic problems.
problems Dental Bonding Can Fix
Dental bonding offers a great cosmetic solution to these issues:
- Minor chips and cracks
- Discolored teeth that don’t respond to whitening
- Uneven teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
Bonding is only a cosmetic procedure. Any underlying issues with a tooth such as decay or gum disease must be addressed first before any bonding can be done.
Am I a good candidate for dental bonding?
Just about any adult with healthy teeth could benefit from bonding to cover imperfections. Bonding doesn’t solve underlying problems, but it is very versatile in masking cosmetic problems. Still, there are circumstances where a better solution could be a crown or maybe porcelain veneers. Our dentists will discuss your options with you.
Dental Bonding Procedure
When we apply bonding resin to a tooth, the process is a sculpting of sorts. First, the teeth to be treated receive a light etching into the enamel. This makes for a better surface for the resin to bond onto. Next, our dentists will choose the appropriate resin color to match your natural teeth. He then applies the resin in small increments, building up the contour and depth. When satisfied, a curing light is used to harden the resin. He will test your bite and shave away any high points and the like. When both you and one of our dentists are satisfied with the look and feel of your bonded teeth, those teeth are polished. Now your perfect smile is ready for the world to see!
Dental Bonding Before & After Photo
Dental Bonding by Dr. Sullivan.
How long will my dental bonding last?
How long your bonding treatment endures depends in part on you. If you practice good hygiene and don’t chew ice and the like, your bonded teeth will continue to look great for up to a decade. Bonding is susceptible to gradual staining/discoloration with time. It can also wear. When these signs become evident, it’s time to have your bonding redone.
Is dental bonding painful?
There is no pain whatsoever with dental bonding.
Dental Bonding Maintenace
Your bonded teeth require only normal good home hygiene practices, brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing once daily. While resin is non-porous and resistant to staining, it can stain over time. You also need to consider that whitening does not really work on bonded teeth, so if your other teeth are whitened they may not match your bonded teeth.
Dental bonding vs porcelain veneers
While both dental bonding and the application of porcelain veneers have the same end goal — to cover cosmetic imperfections and create a perfect smile — they do it in different ways. Bonding uses a resin material that is sculpted on the teeth, cured, and then polished. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are cemented onto the fronts of the teeth. To make room for the veneers, approximately 0.3 mm to 0.5 mm of the tooth enamel must be shaved off.
In use, porcelain veneers do not stain and are quite durable. The resin used in bonding is more resistant to staining than natural tooth enamel, but it can stain over time. Veneers last longer, but are more expensive than bonding. Also, bonding is usually done in a single appointment, while veneers require two appointments.
Schedule a consultation
Call Sullivan Dental Center today at 225-635-4422 for more information on the best dental procedure for you.