Dental bonding is an affordable treatment that can be used to treat a wide range of cosmetic issues that affect the appearance of your teeth. Also known as composite bonding, it can be used to fix:
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Deformed teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Decayed teeth
The cost of treating such issues with dental bonding is typically only about a fifth of the cost of using restorations like crowns or veneers to address the same problem. The application of the composite resin used for the process only requires a single visit to the dentist, so the patient leaves the clinic with their smile restored.
3 Reasons to choose dental bonding
Here are some of the reasons why you should consider repairing your teeth with composite resin:
1. Repairs made look natural
Composite resins are mixtures of glass and plastics. Their color can be matched with the color of the patient’s teeth so any repairs made do not stick out. Thanks to this, composite bonding is popular with cosmetic dentists since it allows them to repair teeth without compromising their color.
One of the most obvious examples of this benefit is when composites are used to treat tooth decay. Silver amalgam fillings were once the standard way to fix cavities (small holes created by tooth decay), but the repairs can be easily noticed when a person with silver amalgam fillings opens their mouth.
Composite resins can also be used to repair teeth with cavities, and the repairs are impossible to notice. It is not much of a surprise most people opt for composite resin fillings over traditional fillings when given a choice. Then, there is also the issue of silver amalgam fillings containing mercury, which is now known to be toxic.
2. No permanent changes made to teeth
Getting oral restorations like crowns or veneers requires the removal of enamel. In the case of crowns, enamel is removed to allow for a better fit. For veneers, enamel is removed so the veneers do not make the tooth appear abnormally bulky. The removal of enamel is an irreversible process so the tooth will always need a restoration to protect its inner layers moving forward.
There are no such alterations made during the application of dental bonding. The dentist only uses an etching solution to roughen up the tooth’s surface. This allows the putty-like composite to stick to the tooth better. That means those who get repairs made with composite resins are free to explore other restorations or innovations in the future.
3. The entire process takes less than an hour
Getting a crown or veneer often means having to visit a dentist twice, unless CEREC technology is available. That can be a major inconvenience for those with busy schedules.
The application of composite resins only requires a trip to the dentist. Anesthetics are rarely used unless tooth decay is being treated and the procedure is typically over in less than an hour for each tooth. The patient walks out of the clinic with a smile they can be proud of.