The dental bonding procedure is used to achieve a more appealing smile. Bonding has many applications, from changing the color of teeth to repairing cracks and chips. This cosmetic dental procedure uses composite resin to make repairs or improvements to the tooth. Healthy tooth structure is left in place. In some instances, no tooth structure is lost; and unless used to fill a cavity, bonding generally does not require anesthesia.
The bonding of composite resin has long been used in filling cavities, particularly in anterior teeth. First, all decayed tissue is cleaned out of the tooth. Then the bonding material is placed in the cavity, and the resin is put in to fill the space. After the resin is smoothed and polished, it looks and feels like your natural tooth. Some resins are hardened or cured using a special light that activates the curing process.
Dental bonding is also used to repair teeth that have been chipped or cracked. If the edge or corner of a tooth has been chipped off, composite resin is formed in the shape of the missing part using a mold. It is then bonded to the tooth, creating a whole, natural-looking finish.
Dental bonding has other uses as well. Small spaces between the teeth, or diastemata, can be closed with dental bonding. This helps eliminate food traps between the teeth while enhancing the appearance of your smile at the same time.
Teeth can be discolored due to medication or medical conditions. They may look darker or be mottled. Whitening products cannot even out the color of such blemishes. Dental bonding is a way to mask the discoloration and give your teeth a whiter, brighter look without crowns or veneers.
Dental bonding takes little or no preparation time unless it is being used to repair a tooth or fill a cavity. Your dentist uses a guide to choose the color that matches your natural teeth. The surface of the tooth is then roughed up a bit so the bonding material will adhere correctly to the tooth. A conditioning liquid is applied, then the composite resin is added.
A beautiful, natural smile can be yours with dental bonding. This simple method of changing the appearance of a tooth can be used to mask a number of dental flaws. Contact Mint Dental today to schedule your appointment for dental bonding.