What is Cosmetic Bonding?

Tooth bonding or dental bonding aims to create a natural-looking restoration of a patient’s tooth. This technique is the most affordable and conservative treatment that can be done to restore or achieve a natural ideal smile.

When should you consider dental bonding?

  • to fix teeth gaps
  • to replace or repair decaying teeth
  • repair chipped or fractured teeth
  • align teeth for smile line correction
  • change the shape of teeth
  • fix discolored teeth

What is the tooth bonding process?

The tooth bonding process is quick and convenient.

The surface of the tooth is prepared, roughened, and bonded with composite that is color-matched to the natural teeth. In some instances, several shades of composite material can be used to create a more natural look for your teeth.

The final step is polishing. In cases of multiple teeth, your dentist may ask you to return after you “try out” your new smile, and get feedback from family members or colleagues to make minor alterations, if necessary.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Tooth Bonding

Dental Bonding

PEARLY WHITES. The before and after photos of a dental bonding treatment.

Cosmetic dental bonding is the cheapest and easiest way to enhance your teeth. Tooth bonding can even be finished in one clinic visit.

Tooth bonding can chip or stain more easily, giving them a limited aesthetic life. Some dentists may recommend that tooth bonding be used for temporary, minor, or cosmetic changes. These restorations need to be replaced periodically considering that your teeth may change in color naturally. It is best to consult with your dentist about the best approach to your problem.

WRITTEN BY: DR. MARIA ANA MAGLUTAC | EDITED BY: DR. RICHELLE RAMIREZ

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