Greeley Cosmetic Dental Procedure- Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is an adaptable dental procedure that addresses a multitude of cosmetic issues, improving the quality and overall aesthetics of an individual’s smile. Bonding involves the application of a tooth-colored resin material; where cosmetic anomalies exist, the dentist applies the resinous material to the affected area and, using a special light, literally “bonds” the material to the individual’s healthy tooth structure.
Prior to the permanent “bonding,” the dentist coats the affected tooth or teeth with a conditioning liquid which allows the resin to more thoroughly adhere to the tooth enamel. After selecting an appropriate shade of resin (i.e. a color that matches the surrounding teeth), the dentist molds, sculpts and smoothes the putty-like compound to the desired size and shape. When satisfied with the sculpted application, the dentist uses an ultraviolet light to harden the resin and polishes it to a lustrous sheen.
Dental Cosmetic Bonding: A Multipurpose Solution
Whether a patient’s condition is slight or substantial, cosmetic dental bonding may lend ready aid. Dental bonding proves useful in addressing a wide range of patients’ aesthetic concerns, including:
- Decayed, chipped or cracked teeth.
- Stained or discolored teeth.
- Poorly spaced or misaligned teeth.
- Uneven teeth (i.e. adjacent teeth that vary significantly in shape or size, distorting the aesthetic of a patient’s overall smile).
- Exposed roots due to gum recession.
In each of the above scenarios, dental bonding may be the most suitable restorative option. The bonding material repairs the flaws and improves the appearance of the discolorations identified in the first two bullet points. It can also be used to lengthen teeth or change their shape, closing any conspicuous spaces or gaps, and provides durable protection for exposed roots.
The composite bonding procedure is relatively simple, especially when compared to the alternative restorative procedures for veneers or crowns. Unless the affected area is particularly extensive or involves significant decay, dental bonding is typically painless and requires no anesthesia. In contrast to other more laborious procedures, the bonding process can usually be completed in a single office visit, oftentimes taking no more than thirty minutes or an hour to complete. The procedure leaves the majority of a patient’s tooth structure intact, requiring only a minimal amount of removal prior to composite application and adhesion.
Composite is a choice dental bonding agent for a number of reasons. First, for a purely aesthetic rationale, composite offers an extremely natural-looking result. The shade of the composite is customizable to match the surrounding teeth, and in the hands of a skilled practitioner, the end result is virtually indistinguishable from the patient’s natural teeth. It permits a dentist to effectively camouflage the bonding agent, a feat that is nearly impossible with amalgam fillings. In addition, composite is durable, lasting upwards of ten to fifteen years without a touch-up, provided the individual patient maintains sound oral hygiene practices. And as mentioned in the preceding paragraph, it requires minimal removal of healthy tooth structure to apply.
The Benefits and Drawbacks of Dental Bonding
When evaluating the viability of a dental bonding procedure, patients must make a balanced assessment of both its inherent value and its limitations. Though dental bonding offers peerless convenience and simplicity, it is not without its shortcomings. In tailoring the proper approach, a dentist must evaluate a patient’s candidacy with both in mind.
As previously mentioned, dental bonding is minimally invasive and entails a negligible investment of time, often taking under an hour to complete. It’s also a more affordable restorative option than other conventional cosmetic procedures and is generally painless and easy for dentist and patient alike.
However, the composite material used in dental bonding is markedly less durable than the porcelain used to fashion crowns or veneers, and is accordingly more prone to chip, break or crack. Furthermore, dental bonding is useful only up to a certain point. If the damage or decay is truly advanced or widespread, bonding is not a viable cosmetic option for the major repairs and restorations that are necessary. Lastly, unlike the impermeable surface of porcelain crowns or veneers, composite bonding is not notably stain-resistant and is susceptible to discolorations much like the surrounding, porous teeth.
As the foregoing paragraphs illustrate, dental bonding provides a quick and easy solution to a host of common dental concerns and entails only a fraction of the time and cost associated with more substantive restorations. Though not a perfect solution to every existing issue, the procedure accommodates many of the conditions patients frequently face.
I’m Scott Williams and I practice family and cosmetic dentistry in Greeley CO. My dental practice also serves the Eaton, Evans, Windsor, and Kersey CO areas. In order to determine whether you’re an ideal candidate for dental bonding, contact our Greeley dental office today and take a step closer to the healthy, beaming smile you so richly deserve.
Greeley, CO 80634