Dental bonding may sound like making friends with your dentist, but it’s actually a way to rebuild and improve the look and function of teeth. At Brighton Dental here in San Diego, we use dental bonding as an affordable alternative to inlays and other costly procedures when it’s appropriate. The results can look great – and dental bonding can create a solid foundation over which veneers can be placed.
Dental bonding is a relatively simple cosmetic procedure allowing for the reshaping and repair of a tooth using a resin composite material. If you have imperfections in your smile, we may be able to affordably correct the issue with bonding – saving you from having to get veneers or orthodontics at all. And there’s no need for anesthesia when you have a dental bonding procedure, which is usually completed in a single office visit.
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Dental bonding can provide a smart restoration choice that will last for years. Like natural teeth and other kinds of restoration work, however, bonding will discolor and wear over the years and will eventually need to be replaced. But you can get many years of a beautiful, functional smile before that happens.
Cosmetic bonding may be the right choice for you if you have one or more of the following issues:
• A gap or space that needs to be closed
• A chipped tooth that needs to be restored
• Cavities in certain locations
• Short teeth that would benefit from lengthening
• Exposed tooth root that needs to be protected from receding gums
• Badly discolored teeth that need to be corrected
• And other situations.
What Dental Bonding Involves
The first step in dental bonding is isolating the surrounding teeth from the tooth that needs repair to prevent damage to the other teeth and establish a clean, dry work area. The surface of the tooth is then etched with a special process to make sure the bonding material adheres. Next, a bonding resin is applied – essentially a glue that further ensures the bonding material adheres as it should.
Then, it’s time for the material, a tooth-colored composite which is applied in multiple layers up to the right general size and shape and is hardened with a special kind of light that speeds the process. When the resin is set, the bonded area is shaped, smoothed, polished and blended to match the look of the natural teeth and other restorations nearby.
Unlike some other kinds of restorations that are made in a lab and glued in place, dental bonding is built up right on the tooth. The skill of the dentist is particularly important in getting good results, and Dr. Woods has extensive experience in improving the look and function of teeth with dental bonding.
You Have Choices In Cosmetic Dentistry
At Brighton Dental, we want to be your first choice in cosmetic dentistry. Once you make the decision to trust your smile to us, you have more choices. In many cases, there’s more than one cosmetic dentistry procedure that can help you gain or regain a beautiful smile. If bonding will work in your situation, it’s often the most affordable choice.
But you don’t have to make your cosmetic dentistry choices on your own. Dr. Woods and our team want you to be completely comfortable that you’re making the right decision, so we can provide you with complete information about a variety of choices, including costs and financing options.
Learn more on our Dental Bonding website page – or contact us to discuss how your smile can improve with a little bonding at our office.