What Is Bonding?
Bonding is a method of repairing broken, decayed, or severely discolored teeth. Often an excellent and more cost effective alternative to more time-intensive methods, bonding effectively addresses your cosmetic concerns with an excellent result, when it’s performed by a skilled and experienced professional.
Benefits Of Bonding
When cared for properly, your new bondings will usually last many years. Additionally, bonds are considered a more conservative and immediate approach to broken tooth problems, as compared to crowns.
How Is Bonding Done?
In bonding, the dentist will apply a composite resin prepared to match the color and shade of your teeth to repair the broken tooth. The resin is then dried until hardened using a UV light source or laser. We call it “bonding” because this material literally bonds to your teeth. Bonding can usually be accomplished in a single visit.
How Do You Care For Dental Bondings?
You should care for your new bondings as you would your teeth: brush and floss twice a day. Additionally, it’s very important not to chew fingernails, ice or anything hard using your front tooth bondings in order to avoid damaging them and shortening their lifespan.
Is Bonding Right For You?
Bonding is appropriate in a variety of scenarios involving broken, decayed, or severely discolored teeth. Bonding is considered a conservative and immediate approach to repair that will last for years if cared for properly. Crowns are more aggressive and result in a stronger “fix” but will involve more time, cost, and effort than bonding. Veneers may also be an appropriate alternative, but also require additional time and expense, as they must be custom made and fit specifically to each individual.
Contact us to set up an appointment so we can discuss your dental health and cosmetic needs to determine if bonding is the right choice for you.
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