Dental bonding is an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure because of its affordability and low time commitment. But when is dental bonding the right solution for your teeth?
Here are three times when your dentist may recommend dental bonding, plus what to expect at your appointment, and how to care for your smile.
3 Times to Consider Dental Bonding
1. Chipped Teeth
Chipping a tooth happens more frequently than many people realize. Common ways to chip teeth include chewing ice or unpopped popcorn kernels, using teeth to open packages, and direct impact from contact sports. Tongue piercings can also lead to chip as the metal barbell bumps up against the teeth.
Many people learn that they have bruxism (the scientific term for tooth clenching or grinding) after discovering a chipped tooth. It’s important to get regular dental check-ups so your dentist can make sure everything is still healthy and functioning normally.
2. Cracked Teeth
Cracking a tooth is another common problem if you suffer from bruxism. Cracks are are also more likely to occur if you’ve had a root canal, so make sure to keep up with regular dental appointments so your dentist can watch for developing problems.
If your tooth cracks, it will not heal like a cracked bone. It’s important to seek dental care as soon as possible. If the crack does not require extraction, dental bonding can often be used to fix the tooth’s appearance and strengthen it to prevent the crack from spreading.
3. Gaps Between Your Teeth
Many people are self-conscious about spaces between their front teeth. Tooth bonding is often a common, easy solution for this cosmetic problem.
Keep in mind that if you have additional problems besides gaps, such as crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, your dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment instead to address these underlying issues.
What to Expect at Your Dental Bonding Appointment
You’ve sat down with your dentist and decided that dental bonding is the best option to achieve the results you want. What can you expect at your appointment?
Dental bonding can usually be accomplished in a single 30-60 minute visit. Your dentist will apply composite resin to your teeth, and attach the resin using a dental curing light. Since this is a cosmetic procedure, anesthesia is usually not necessary.
If you suffer from chronic dental fear or are nervous about this procedure, ask your dentist about sedation options.
Although there is usually no anesthesia to wear off, many patients report that their teeth feel different as their mouths adjust to their new dental bonds. This is normal and should disappear as your mouth adapts.
If you care for your new smile, your dental bonds may last for up to ten years. Since your bonds aren’t as strong as natural tooth enamel, you should avoid chewing on ice, pen caps, or your fingernails and opening packages with your teeth.
Other Cosmetic Options
Dental bonding is an increasingly popular procedure, especially because of its short time commitment and low cost. It’s a good investment, and with the right self-care, your bonds can last up to ten years.
However, dental bonding is not always the best procedure for your wants and needs. Dental veneers are more durable than dental bonding. Veneers also result in a more natural-looking smile since they are made of porcelain, which reflects light. In addition, dental crowns may be a better choice than teeth bonding if your teeth need more substantial repairs.
Dental bonding is a great way to achieve a stronger, healthier-looking smile. Schedule an appointment today to see how bonding or another cosmetic procedure can help you achieve the smile you want and deserve.