Very few people have perfect teeth. Fortunately, there are several dental procedures that enable us to improve the appearance of your teeth, thereby improving the quality of your smile. Not everyone needs a major cosmetic treatment to fix their teeth. At Summit Dental Care, we can fix small cosmetic problems with a treatment known as bonding.
What Bonding is Made From
Dental bonding is a tooth colored composite resin, or durable plastic, material. The material is soft and moldable, which enables us to fit many different needs. Using the material, we can fill gaps, eliminate chips or cracks, and alter the size or shape of a tooth to improve the appearance of your teeth and the quality of your smile. The material can also be used to fill cavities in front teeth, providing an alternative to amalgam fillings. After the ideal shape is achieved, ultraviolet light is used to cure the material, hardening it.
A Simple Cosmetic Procedure
The procedure for getting dental bonding is incredibly simple. It is also completely painless. There is no need for any local anesthetic or sedation. Before placing the bonding, the teeth are first cleaned. To ensure that the bonding will adhere properly to your teeth, we have to apply an acidic material that alters the texture of your enamel. The teeth are cleaned again and then thoroughly dried. We apply the composite resin and shape it to provide you with the ideal appearance, whether that is filling in a gap, lengthening a tooth, or eliminating an unsightly chip or crack. Once you are satisfied with the appearance of your smile, we use the ultraviolet light to cure the material. You leave the office with your brand-new, improved smile.
Great Results at an Affordable Price
Another great benefit of dental bonding is that it is one of the most affordable cosmetic treatments available. The average cost ranges between $300 and $600 per tooth. There is no need for a local anesthetic, the procedure is simple, there’s little tooth preparation, and you need only one office visit.
Are There Any Disadvantages to Dental Bonding?
One of the biggest drawbacks to bonding is that it is not as strong as your natural teeth. While the material can withstand most normal daily use, it can chip or crack under too much pressure. Another drawback is that the material can stain. Once stained, it cannot be whitened like your tooth enamel. If you want to improve the color of your teeth, bonding will need to be changed.
Alternatives to Bonding
Bonding is just one cosmetic solution for minor imperfections on your teeth. There are other solutions as well. One of the most common alternatives to bonding is veneers. These are stronger than bonding and can last longer. They do, however, require enamel to be removed from the surface of your teeth, which requires a local anesthetic. Veneers also require two appointments. For more significant damage, crowns may be recommended instead.
Bonding is a simple, affordable procedure that can fix many minor cosmetic issues. To find out if bonding is right for you, call Summit Dental Care at (208) 490-8141 to schedule your appointment today.