Dental bonding is a procedure in which tooth-colored resin material is applied and hardened to the tooth surface.
Dental bonding can be used for the following:
- Repair decayed tooth structure
- Repair chipped or cracked teeth
- Improve appearance of discolored teeth
- Close spaces between teeth
- Protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when the gum recedes
What are the Advantages of Dental Bonding?
- Bonding is one of the more conservative cosmetic procedures for front teeth since little tooth structure needs to be removed and the material is simply added to the tooth or chip.
- Dental bonding is among the least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures.
- Dental bonding is often an effective cosmetic procedure in kids to take care of chips or staining. It can be a temporary fix during the years when kids are rough on their teeth, knowing that down the road a nicer crown or veneer may be desired.
- Bonding is quick — it can often be done in one visit, and the teeth can be used normally soon after the bonding is placed.
What are the Disadvantages of Dental Bonding?
- Dental bonding does not resist stains as well as crowns or porcelain veneers. Newer materials are more resistant to this, but staining can still happen over time. If someone has older bonding that has darkened, it can often be easily replaced with new bonding for a more natural result.
- The materials used for bonding, although shade-matched and smooth, are not as natural looking as the porcelain used in crowns and veneers. Because the material is simply a resin, it can look a little more “matte” or “dull” in appearance in comparison to a natural tooth.
- The bonding materials are not as strong or long lasting as other procedures like crowns.
- Bonding materials can chip and break off of the tooth. Someone with bonding needs to be careful with things like glasses and silverware to avoid hitting their teeth.
- Dental bonding is considered best suited for small cosmetic changes, temporary correction of cosmetic defects, and correction of teeth in areas of very low bite pressure.