Have you been feeling self conscious about the appearance of your smile due to minor imperfections such as stains, gaps, or chips? If so, then a restorative procedure known as dental bonding could be the solution!
There are several reasons why many people prefer bonding as a smile-correction strategy:
- Time-saving: usually dental bonding requires one office visit.
- The entire process is completed at your dentist’s office because nothing needs to be done in the lab.
- Painless: no anesthesia needed since all you’ll feel is minor pressure.
- Economical: dental bonding is significantly less expensive than porcelain veneers.
- Preservation: a minimal amount of tooth enamel is taken off, compared to other procedures.
If your teeth tend to stain easily (for example, if you are a passionate coffee or tea drinker), your dentist may suggest that you choose veneers instead as the resin used in veneers is more resistant to new staining than the resin used for bonding. Also keep in mind that, if your teeth need more than the usual corrections, veneers may again be the more appropriate path for you.
The Bonding Process
Your dentist will start by comparing and matching the resin color to the color of your teeth. Next, the surface of the teeth will be gently roughened in order to help the bonding resin to easily stick to the tooth. A bonding liquid application follows. As soon as the liquid sets properly, the dentist will apply the composite resin and mold it until the desired shapes is achieved. Next, the dentist will shine an ultraviolet light at the resin in order to harden it. Lastly, the dentist will trim and polish the resin for extra shine and natural appearance.
Once again, dental bonding is a great looking and economical solution for minor mouth imperfections. Ask your dentist whether your smile can be enhanced via bonding and enjoy your new image by smiling confidently!