Dental bonding is a truly versatile procedure that can fix many dental issues. Dental bonding is a non-invasive, painless procedure during which tooth-coloured resin material is applied to the teeth. There is little to no preparation necessary, and anesthesia is only necessary if a decayed tooth is being filled in.
There are two types of dental bonding: direct composite bonding and adhesive bonding. Direct composite bonding is the process of attaching composite (filling) material directly to the teeth. Adhesive bonding refers to the use of an adhesive material to attach a lab fabricated material like porcelain, to your natural teeth such as crowns or veneers.
Since bonding is straightforward and versatile; it has many uses as a cosmetic procedure. Here are some issues that cosmetic dental bonding is commonly used for:
- Restoring Damaged Teeth
Dental bonding can restore the look of a chipped or cracked tooth, using composite material to fill in the part of the tooth that is missing. The bonding material isn’t quite as strong as your natural teeth, however, so care should be taken not to bite down on anything hard once you’ve had bonding, such as a pen or fingernails!
- Filling in Decayed Teeth
The silver filling often used to fill in cavities isn’t very visually appealing. Using bonding material for fillings makes the filling virtually unnoticeable!
- Fixing Discolouration
It’s very common for our tooth enamel to become stained or discoloured over time. Bonding can be used to fix discolouration, resulting in a more even, whiter smile.
- Close Spaces
Bonding can fill in spaces or gaps between teeth, giving your teeth a more evenly spaced, straighter look.
As you can see, there are many cosmetic uses for dental bonding! Bonding is a great way to make small cosmetic changes to your smile, as it can be done in just one visit. Bonding is easy, inexpensive, and can really improve the look of your smile and raise yourself-confidence!
Bonding is best used for subtle cosmetic changes. If you are hoping for a more dramatic change, further dental procedures may be necessary. The best thing to do is to talk about your concerns with your dentist. They will be able to suggest the best possible procedures and treatments for you to get the results you want!