Dr. JingJing Pratt on Tooth Bonding
Dental bonding can be used to correct a variety of problems with your teeth. See Dr. Pratt’s video to view a specific case study involving wearing and spacing that were corrected using tooth bonding.
Tooth bonding or dental bonding utilizes a tooth colored resin material that is applied to the teeth and hardened using a special light. This process can be used to restore a tooth or improve the appearance when there is wearing or spacing that needs to be corrected.
Tooth bonding can be considered as a treatment to:
- Repair Cavities
- Treat Cracked or Chipped Teeth
- Remove Spaces Between Teeth
- Change The Shape of Teeth
- Correct discolored teeth
- Protect Exposed Roots
- Make Teeth Look Longer
Advantages of Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is easy and affordable. There is usually no sedation or numbing involved and there is no pain. The procedure is gentle and can be performed in one day.
Very little enamel is removed or damaged to apply the bonding material, unlike veneers or crowns.
Disadvantages of Dental Bonding
The resin used in bonding the teeth is stain-resistant, it isn’t as stain resistant as the material used in a crown. The same issue applies to the durability. Dental bonding will last, but it will not last as long as crowns or veneers.
The Teeth Bonding Procedure
There is no advanced preparation needed to apply dental bonding. There is also no anesthesia required. The color of the material will be matched to your teeth using a color guide and the bonding material will not be noticeable in contrast with your teeth.
The surface of your teeth will be prepared and a liquid will be applied. This helps the material bond to the teeth. When the resin is applied, it will feel like a putty in its consistency. This allows us to mold and shape the material into a beautiful shape that enhances your smile.
Finally, an ultraviolet light is used to harden the material and bond it to your teeth while the surface of the material is polished.
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