You’ve chipped a tooth and may be wondering if cosmetic bonding is the right treatment for you. If you’re looking to cover that chip, speak to your dental professional about the various treatment options available and don’t forget to discuss the pros and cons of each treatment, including cost, care, durability, comfort and longevity.
There are other options available to address chipped or uneven teeth, such as porcelain veneers, but many patients prefer dental bonding because of the low cost and easy application. In most cases, the procedure is completed in just one easy and pain-free office visit. It entails the application of a tooth-colored composite resin that is formed to the proper shape directly on the tooth’s surface. The resin is pliable, easy to shape and forms a secure bond to the tooth, which is how the treatment got its name.
This dental treatment can be used to provide a number of cosmetic enhancements, including:
- Color Correction – Teeth whitening treatments are known to be effective for correcting tooth discoloration, but do not always deliver the desired brightness for teeth that are discolored due to genetics or disease, or for teeth that have been badly stained from medication. Cosmetic bonding can correct color by adding a thin layer of composite resin over the affected tooth in the exact shade that is right for you.
- Chipped Teeth – Porcelain veneers are a great option for correcting many dental issues, including chipped or cracked teeth, but the procedure can be very costly and takes considerably longer to complete. If you have several affected teeth, this may be the preferred option, but many dental professionals will recommend bonding as a viable option, especially if you have only one tooth that is chipped or cracked.
- Uneven or Gapped Teeth – If one tooth in front is a bit shorter than the rest, you may opt to have the adjacent teeth filed slightly to make your smile seem flawless, but if you already have “short” teeth, you may not want to go this route. Cosmetic bonding can be used to elongate the shorter tooth to better match the length of your other teeth. The same goes for correcting a gap between two teeth. The resin can be used to fill in the space between the teeth, making each tooth a little wider, and thus filling in the gap.
There is very little discomfort during the procedure, so anesthesia is not necessary. The affected tooth is gently scuffed so that the resin has a rougher surface to adhere to and a conditioning liquid is then applied. The dentist will match the resin to the color of your natural teeth so that the bonded tooth will be virtually unrecognizable. The resin is then applied directly to the surface of the tooth and molded into the desired shape and thickness. The dentist will use an ultraviolet light to harden and cure the bonding material and will then polish the tooth to match your natural teeth for a flawless finish. The cosmetic bonding procedure usually takes around 30 to 60 minutes per tooth from beginning to end. It’s that simple.
For more information about cosmetic bonding, contact Gentle Dental in Queens at 718-461-0100.