What is Dental Bonding and What Issues Can it Correct?

A beautiful smile has the power to send a positive message to those around you, conveying confidence, friendliness, or pure joy. But, if you feel less than confident about your smile, you may be less inclined to share it, and that can have a negative impact on your social and professional life.

Expert general and cosmetic dentist Erika V. Burley, DMD at Burley Dentistry in Charlotte, North Carolina, offers dental bonding as a way to correct a variety of minor dental issues.

Looking good with dental bonding

The cosmetic dentistry technique of dental bonding is an economical way to make your teeth look more uniform, whiter, or even straighter, with a simple, in-office, single-visit procedure.

Through the use of a special, tooth-colored composite resin material, Dr. Burley can sculpt and polish the bonding material directly to a single tooth, or several teeth, to improve the appearance of your smile. Dental bonding is a minimally invasive procedure, and you don’t typically need anesthesia.

Can dental bonding replace a missing tooth?

Dental bonding isn’t meant to replace a missing tooth, but it can repair a chipped or cracked tooth, and close small gaps between your teeth. You can replace a missing tooth with a dental implant — a surgical procedure — but dental bonding is an ideal nonsurgical option for minor cosmetic dentistry issues, including:

Dr. Burley expertly matches the resin material to your teeth, or she bumps up the shade if she’s bonding several teeth in a row, so you can have a brighter smile that very same day. Dental bonding provides natural-looking results that can be altered if you choose a more permanent restoration down the road.

Dental bonding can also help to protect a portion of a tooth’s root that’s exposed as a result of gum disease. The resin material blends in with your natural enamel and keeps the sensitive section of root covered to help prevent decay, so it’s beneficial to your dental health as well as an aesthetic enhancement.

Minimally damaging to tooth enamel

Surprisingly, dental bonding requires only a minimal amount of preparation of your natural teeth, so damage to your tooth enamel is minimal. While veneers (a permanent cosmetic solution to dental problems) require Dr. Burley to remove a significant amount of surface enamel from your teeth to make room for bonding to ceramic or porcelain, this is not the case with composite bonding.

To prepare your teeth for the composite material so it best adheres to your enamel, Dr. Burley just slightly etches the surface of your teeth before she applies the bonding material.

How do I take care of my dentally bonded teeth?

You brush and floss your bonded teeth just like you would your natural teeth. Over time, the resin used in the composite material can stain, just like your natural teeth, so it’s a good idea to avoid smoking, and stay away from large quantities of coffee, tea, red wine, or other dark-colored beverages, too.

If you take good care of your dental bonding, as well as your whole mouth, composite bonding should last up to 10 years or more.

Less money where your mouth is

Dental bonding usually costs less than other cosmetic dental procedures since it uses resin, rather than more expensive materials like porcelain, which is commonly used for veneers. Additionally, veneers are custom-made in a dental lab, so the process takes more than a single visit. Dental bonding is something Dr. Burley can do in one visit to help make your smile instantly more visually stunning.

If you have dental issues like gapped teeth, chipped teeth, or a single misshapen tooth that’s smaller than the ones next to it, and you’re looking for a simple solution that won’t break the bank, dental bonding may be the answer. The material is durable, easily molded and matched to adjacent teeth, and it’s ideal for correcting minor dental issues in a single visit.

In the end, dental bonding not only enhances your smile, it helps keep your mouth healthy, too. And that’s definitely worth smiling about.

Ready to learn more about dental bonding? Call the office today or schedule a consultation using the online system any time.

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