A small imperfection can leave you feeling self-conscious about your smile. Dental bonding is a fast and economical way to enhance several aspects of your smile in a quick and easy procedure.
In fact, bonding can fill gaps between teeth and whiten discolored portions of your smile as well as improve the appearance of teeth that are cracked, chipped, or poorly aligned.
If you’re unhappy with the shape of your teeth, bonding can be used to enlarge them or enhance their dimensions. In addition to repairing your smile, bonding can also be used to protect an exposed root or fill a space caused by tooth decay.
Patients often assume that cosmetic procedures are expensive and time-consuming. But dental bonding is one of the fastest and least expensive solutions for dental restoration. It’s a quick and painless remedy for numerous types of cosmetic issues.
How Dental Bonding Works
First, you’ll meet with Dr. Rowntree to discuss your smile goals and he’ll review your treatment options. If you decide that dental bonding is the way to go, we’ll schedule your appointment.
With dental bonding, Dr. Rowntree uses small dabs of dental resin to restore your smile. The resin is formulated to blend in perfectly with the rest of your smile and is the same material we use for durable tooth-colored fillings.
The bonding process usually takes about 30 to 60 minutes to complete. First, Dr. Rowntree will slightly etch the surface of the tooth where the bonding resin will go. Then he’ll coat it with conditioning gel to develop a stronger bond.
Next, Dr. Rowntree will apply small dabs of the putty-like resin and mold it to achieve the desired effect. Once the shape is ready, we’ll use special lights so the resin will harden quickly. And lastly, we’ll polish the resin once it’s completely dry, leaving you with a bright smile.
The Pros and Cons of Bonding
In addition to being economical, a major advantage of dental bonding is how fast it is. Patients often choose bonding to enhance their smile for an upcoming special event such as a wedding or graduation. However, it’s important to note that dental bonding isn’t as durable as veneers or crowns and it doesn’t resist stains as well as other alternative restorations.