Nearly no dental treatment is as versatile as that of dental bonding. This procedure can be used for cosmetic purposes as well as to restore the strength and functionality of teeth. As an added benefit, bonding is one of the most economical of all cosmetic dental options and provides patients with an alternative to pricier treatments aimed at enhancing the look of teeth.
The dental bonding process involves the application of a composite resin material that is permanently adhered to the exterior tooth surface in order to cover up flaws, change the size and/or shape of teeth, or fill areas of damage or decay. No matter what the reason for the bonding procedure, the material bonded to teeth will be matched to complement the natural color of surrounding teeth so the areas that are bonded will be indistinguishable from the rest of your smile.
One very common use for dental bonding is to change the size or shape of one or more teeth. This may be done to fill in gaps between teeth or to lengthen teeth that are too short. By adding the bonding material to the teeth, the teeth can be resized or reshaped to improve their look and fill in spaces.
For teeth that have chips or cracks in them but that are still strong enough to function properly without more extensive dental work, covering the area of imperfection with a composite bonding material can get rid of the unsightly look of the chip or crack. Not only will doing this improve the overall look of a person’s smile, but the addition of the bonding material over the area of damage will add strength to the tooth, making it less likely that the tooth will continue to deteriorate.
In a similar fashion to fixing chips and cracks, dental bonding can also be used to fill small areas of decay within the center of the tooth, much in the same way as a more traditional filling. By using the composite resin material to fill the cavity left after removing the area of decay, the tooth is made stronger while still looking as if no cavity exists. In contrast, amalgam fillings are very noticeable in the mouth since they are silver and stand out compared to the whiteness of surrounding teeth.
Speaking of whiteness, another use for cosmetic bonding is to treat discoloration of teeth that is not helped by another type of whitening treatment. Some types of tooth discoloration are not easily concealed or brightened by the bleaching solutions of whitening treatments, but by covering up the areas of discoloration with the composite bonding material, the discoloration can be disguised.
Not only is dental bonding a versatile treatment, but it is also one of the more affordable cosmetic options available to individuals interested in enhancing the look of their smile. Additionally, since it requires no alteration to the natural tooth structure, it is a relatively pain-free and simple procedure to have performed. All of these benefits make tooth bonding one of the most commonly requested dental treatments by patients with all types of dental needs.
For more information about dental bonding for cosmetic and restorative purposes, contact Gentle Dental in Queens at 718-461-0100.