A perfect smile is a dream for many. Some of us are fortunate to have a perfect natural smile, while others are not as blessed. Cosmetic and general dentistry procedures in Sherwood Park – such as dental veneers, dental implants, dental crown, and teeth whitening – are used to improve the aesthetics of your smile. Another such dental procedure to enhance your smile is dental bonding. For those who find other cosmetic dentistry procedures expensive, painful and time-consuming, dental bonding is your solution.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that involves the application of tooth-colored resin material on your teeth to restore your smile. The tooth-like material is bonded on your tooth and hardened with the help of an ultraviolet light or laser. Unlike dental veneers, dental bonding procedure is less time consuming as no preparation is required. Only a single dental visit is enough to get yourself the smile that you always wanted.
What Is Dental Bonding Used For?
Dental bonding is the easiest and least expensive general dentistry procedures in Sherwood Park to mask smile imperfections. In most cases, dental bonding is used to fix dental problems like cracked, chipped, fractured, broken or stained teeth. Apart from correcting these imperfections, dental bonding is also used to close spaces between your teeth, change the length and size of your teeth and provide protection to the nerves of your teeth when gums recede. Dental bonding is used as an alternative to treat amalgam fillings.
What Is the Procedure of Dental Bonding?
The procedure of dental bonding starts with consulting with your dentist about the goals of the treatment. In this discussion, your dentist will use a guide to select the shade of the composite resin material that closely matches the color of your teeth. Once the color of the composite resin is chosen, the surface of your tooth is etched to roughen it. The tooth-like material is then bonded to the surface of the tooth with the help of a conditioning liquid. After this step, your dentist will apply tooth colored cosmetic resin. This tooth-like material is then molded and smoothened until it is in proper shape and size and later hardened with an ultraviolet light. Once the material is hardened, your dentist will trim and polish it until it matches with the shade of your natural teeth. This procedure usually takes half to one hour per tooth. If you have several teeth that require dental bonding, it will take more time.
What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Teeth Bonding?
Apart from being easier and inexpensive as compared to other dentistry procedures to enhance your smile, dental bonding involves the least amount of tooth enamel removal. Also, there is no need for anesthesia unless dental bonding is being performed to fill a dental cavity.
The disadvantage of dental bonding is that even if the cosmetic resins are stain resistant, it does not resist stain as good as good as crowns do. Also, the bonding material is less durable than crowns, fillings or veneers. The bonding material may break or chip.
Feel free to reach out to us at Beverly Heights Dental in Edmonton for more information about how you can enhance your smile.