21Mar

Dental Bonding Cosmetic Dentistry

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When someone breaks their tooth or chips it, how does a cosmetic dentist repair it without replacing the tooth entirely? The answer is dental bonding. Dental bonding, used in a variety of treatments, effectively fixes teeth in several ways.

Uses of Dental Bonding

  • Repairs decayed teeth to fill cavities
  • Fills chipped or cracked teeth
  • Improves appearance of discolored teeth
  • Fills gaps between teeth
  • Makes teeth appear longer
  • Alters the shape of teeth for a more aesthetic look
  • Protects root of tooth if gums recede

There are two types of bonding: direct composite and adhesive bonding. Direct Composite bonding is used for cracks, gaps, and cavities. A tooth-colored resin that matches your own teeth color is attached to your existing tooth using adhesives and a curing light. The procedure takes little preparation and is painless. These procedures are great for minimal smile makeovers.

Adhesive bonding is commonly used for aesthetic crowns, porcelain veneers, bridges and inlays or onlays. After preparing the tooth with a roughing agent, the putty-like tooth resin is applied and shaped to the desired look. The material is then hardened with an ultraviolet curing light until fully attached.

Pros of Dental Bonding- A common and inexpensive way to makeover your smile, it can be done in one short visit to your cosmetic dentist.

Cons of Dental Bonding- The tooth resin is not as strong as natural teeth, so biting your fingernails or pens can cause the material to chip. Bonding is not as stain resistant or strong as crowns and veneers, and should be repaired every few years for optimal results.

To learn if dental bonding is right for your cosmetic dentistry needs, see the premiere dentist for cosmetic dentistry in Las Vegas— Dr. James White. Visit our website to make an appointment to discuss dental bonding.