Tooth Bonding

Tooth Bonding

When it comes to personal appearance and confidence, nothing beats a dazzling, healthy smile. If your smile isn’t perfect because of decayed, chipped, cracked, discolored, or misshapen teeth, all is not lost. Dental bonding can help you change the look of your smile without invasive, expensive, and lengthy dental procedures.

What is tooth bonding?

Dental bonding involves attaching a durable, tooth-colored material to your teeth using a powerful light. The light affixes the bonding to the teeth, eliminating imperfections. As the light works, your dentist will use an expert eye to mold and smooth the material, making your smile appear as natural as possible. Because bonding is available in multiple colors, your dentist will choose a shade that matches your original teeth.

How does it work?

The bonding procedure is relatively fast, requires little preparation, and can be performed without anesthesia. First, the targeted tooth is treated with a roughing agent and conditioning liquid, which will help the bonding stick. Next, the dentist applies the bonding material, uses an ultraviolet light to harden it, and shapes/molds it to align with the rest of the teeth. The entire process averages 30-60 minutes per tooth.

What are the Benefits and Disadvantages?

Dental bonding is much simpler than veneers, crowns, and other dental procedures that can be used to treat the same problems. Bonding also requires less tooth enamel than other procedures and is less expensive. In addition to cosmetic applications, bonding can be used to protect tooth roots exposed by receding gums and as a filling agent. However, bonding is not as durable and long-lasting as more permanent solutions, and it does not resist stains as well as some other materials. Typical bonding lasts from three to 10 years if it is well maintained. Bonded teeth are cleaned the same way you clean all of your teeth.

Dental bonding is a simple, cost-effective way to change your smile. If you think bonding could help your smile shine again, contact our Yorktown dental office today. We can discuss your options and help you make a positive step forward in your dental health and personal appearance.