If you have chipped a tooth, have a minor tooth gap, or other small tooth imperfection and you’re looking for an inexpensive and fast, but attractive way to get it fixed, then you might want dental bonding. Dental bonding is an extremely versatile cosmetic dentistry technique that can address many common cosmetic complaints, and it can do it in a single visit for an affordable price.

If you want to learn whether dental bonding is right for your smile in Columbia, SC, please call (803) 781-9090 today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at Smile Columbia Dentistry.

What Dental Bonding Can Do

Dental bonding is extremely versatile. It can be used for many common complaints people have about their smile. It can be used for:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Poorly shaped teeth
  • Short teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Discolored teeth
As well as many other situations where we might want to reshape teeth. If you have a cosmetic concern and think bonding might be a good choice, the odds are that bonding is an option (although it might not be the best option).

Benefits of Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a popular procedure partly because of its flexibility, but also because it offers many benefits, including:

  • Inexpensive
  • Can be completed in one visit
  • Initially attractive results
  • Preserves natural tooth material

Dental bonding is one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures. It is considerably less expensive than alternatives like porcelain veneers. And, unlike porcelain veneers, a dental bonding procedure can be completed in one visit. You don’t have to wait for restorations to be made.

Although it is inexpensive, dental bonding can give very attractive results. The shade of bonding material can be chosen to exactly match your tooth enamel, and the bonding material can be polished to give a tooth-like luster.

Because dental bonding is applied to the surface of your teeth, it doesn’t require the removal of any natural tooth material.

Limitations of Dental Bonding

Although dental bonding does have many advantages, it also has some limitations. Dental bonding is:

  • Not as strong as tooth material
  • Vulnerable to staining
  • Prone to wear
  • Not likely to last as long as veneers
  • Dependent on the artistry of your cosmetic dentist

Dental bonding is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel. This makes it prone to wear, especially in situations where it’s being used to repair or extend a tooth’s occlusal surfaces (where the tooth meets other teeth). It’s also vulnerable to staining from dark-colored foods and beverages. With stain, wear, and other cosmetic changes, people aren’t as happy with dental bonding for as long as they are with porcelain veneers. And because the material can break or flake off, it doesn’t last as long as veneers.

Because dental bonding is created directly on your tooth, it depends heavily on the artistry of your cosmetic dentist. If you are considering dental bonding, choose your dentist carefully, and make sure you can see before and after images of bonding performed by the dentist recently.

How Dental Bonding Works

Dental bonding is a composite material similar to that used for tooth-colored fillings. It begins as a formable paste that can be applied directly to your tooth.

Before the bonding is applied, a light acid wash is used to roughen your tooth surface so that the bonding will stick better. Then a small amount of bonding is applied to the tooth and shaped. A curing light is used to harden the bonding. If necessary, multiple layers are applied and cured. Once the final layer is applied, the bonding is polished to give it a tooth-like luster.

Then it’s done.

Would you like to learn more about dental bonding? Please call (803) 781-9090 today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at Smile Columbia Dentistry.