What Dental Bonding Can Do
Dental bonding is a versatile cosmetic dentistry procedure. We often use it for:
- Chipped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Small teeth
- Poorly shaped teeth
- “Trying on” cosmetic dentistry
Bonding works great as a repair for minor chips on your teeth. It can also be used to build up teeth on either side of a gap and close the gap.
We can also use bonding to build up your natural teeth so you have a bigger smile. It can also reshape unattractive teeth like peg laterals to give them a more attractive shape.
Because bonding is reversible and inexpensive, people sometimes use it as a trial to consider more expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures like veneers or crowns.
Benefits of Bonding
Dental bonding is a good cosmetic dentistry procedure in many situations because of the advantages it offers:
- Can be completed quickly
- Preserves natural tooth structure
- Completely reversible
- Gives an attractive result
- Is inexpensive
Dental bonding is among the fastest cosmetic dentistry procedures. For small chips and other damage, we can complete the procedure in under half an hour. With bonding, we don’t have to remove any healthy tooth structure. We might remove structure that’s been damaged to create a stable surface, but often all we do is a light acid wash to make the bonding stick better.
When bonding is complete, it makes a beautiful, natural appearance. People won’t be able to tell that you’ve had work done on your smile.
Because the procedure is quick and doesn’t require expensive materials, the cost of dental bonding is typically less than other cosmetic dentistry procedures.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a composite material made of plastic with ceramic inclusions for strength. It’s the same material used for common tooth-colored fillings.
Does Dental Bonding Contain BPA?
Yes. Composite bonding contains small amounts of bisphenol-A. The expected release from bonding is less than 1/1000th of the daily amount consumed with food.
Limitations of Bonding
While dental bonding has many advantages, it also has some limitations that mean it’s not always the best choice for your cosmetic restoration:
- Can lose its luster
- Prone to staining
- Vulnerable to wear or damage
- Doesn’t last as long as other restorations
Dental bonding is mostly a plastic, which means it needs to be highly polished to achieve its tooth-like luster. Unfortunately, it can lose its polish, which means it will look dull compared to tooth enamel. It’s also not stain resistant, which means it can discolor after exposure to staining foods and beverages. Bonding is also not as strong as other restorations, which means it can wear down or get damaged more easily.
The combined effect is that bonding doesn’t last as long as other restorations, perhaps 3-5 years, compared to 10-15 years for veneers. BioClear is an advanced form of bonding that is stronger, stain resistant, and more lustrous, which makes it a better choice in many situations.
Dental Bonding in Coachella Valley
If you are looking for a quick and inexpensive way to improve the appearance of your smile in Coachella Valley, bonding might be right for you. Please call (760) 832-7915 today for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Rod Strober at Country Club Dentistry in Rancho Mirage.