5 Advantages of Dental Bonding for Damaged or Misshapen Teeth

You might not feel like smiling if you have damaged or misshapen teeth, especially in the front of your mouth. And it’s a sad, yet true fact, that our smiles help us make a great first impression. So when we don’t smile, or have a smile that shows off a chipped tooth, that impression might not be as great as we wanted it to be. But there is good news—you don’t need to live with a chipped or cracked tooth. And if you have a short tooth, there is a cosmetic dentistry solution for that too. Dental bonding may be the answer.

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is a reversible cosmetic procedure using a tooth-colored composite resin that can repair chips, close gaps, and change the shape and color of a tooth. Unlike porcelain veneers, it’s a non-permanent treatment. More specifically, dental bonding is often recommended by dentists for patients with the following dental concerns or desires.

  • Restore decayed teeth with composite resins
  • Fix cracked or chipped teeth
  • Enhance the appearance of discolored teeth
  • Eliminate gaps between teeth
  • Increase the length of teeth
  • Reshape teeth to improve their aesthetics
  • Replace unsightly amalgam fillings
  • Shield exposed tooth roots due to gum recession

Dental bonding is a highly effective treatment because of the material used in the treatment process. A tooth-colored composite resin is applied to teeth to improve their appearance or repair damage. It’s important because it allows for a non-invasive, reversible, and cost-effective way to enhance teeth. 

Unlike other materials, such as amalgam or gold, dental bonding material can be matched to the color of the surrounding teeth, making it virtually indistinguishable. This means your bonded teeth will blend in seamlessly with your adjacent natural teeth.  Additionally, dental bonding material bonds directly to the tooth surface, so less natural tooth structure must be removed during the preparation process. This preservation of healthy tooth structure is beneficial for the long-term health and strength of the tooth.

Advantages of Dental Bonding

The overall process for dental bonding is pretty straightforward. Preparation is minimal and usually doesn’t require anesthesia, unless the tooth needs to be drilled or the chip is near the nerve. Dr. Robles or Dr. Yazdianpour use a shade guide to match the composite resin color to your tooth.

During the bonding process, the tooth surface is roughened, and a conditioning liquid is applied to help the bonding material adhere. The tooth-colored resin is then molded and shaped before being hardened with a light or laser. Afterward, your dentist will trim, shape, and polish the resin to blend with the rest of your tooth’s surface.

But aside from the simplicity of the dental bonding treatment, there are other advantages too.

1. Quick and Simple 

The entire process only takes 30 to 60 minutes per tooth. Dental bonding is a quick and simple process compared to crowns or veneers, typically taking only one visit.

2. Strengthens Your Tooth 

Dental bonding is a process that involves applying a tooth-colored composite resin material directly onto the tooth’s surface. This material is bonded to the natural tooth structure using a unique adhesive. Because the composite resin is bonded directly to the tooth, it helps to restore the tooth’s original strength and function, making it less likely to break or become damaged in the future. 

Additionally, the bonding material can be molded and shaped to fit seamlessly with the rest of the tooth, creating a natural-looking and durable restoration. 

3. Improves Your Appearance 

Dental bonding can improve the appearance of teeth by correcting chips, cracks, discoloration, and gaps in a non-invasive way. This means that when you’re done, you’ll have a Snapchat or selfie-ready smile.

4. High Success Rate 

According to the National Library of Medicine, dental bonding has a survival rate of 95.8%. That’s a pretty high success rate, and with proper care and maintenance, the results can last for several years.

5. Cost Effective

Dental bonding is a cost-effective solution for many dental issues and can be more affordable than other treatments.

Am I a candidate for dental bonding?

Dental bonding is ideal for patients with minor, aesthetic teeth issues, such as discoloration, small cracks, chips, gaps, and minor decay. However, it’s not a solution for excessive decay or oral trauma. Your oral health is also crucial; only those with healthy teeth, roots, and enamel are good candidates. Your team at My Chico Dentist will evaluate your mouth to determine if dental bonding is the right cosmetic dental procedure for you.

Learn more about dental bonding from My Chico Dentist.

If you have a cracked, chipped, or short tooth, dental bonding can help. Request an appointment today with the team at My Chico Dentist. We’ll assess your dental situation and provide you with a treatment recommendation to improve your smile. What are you waiting for? Contact the best dentist in Chico, CA today.

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