What is dental bonding?

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    Before placing dental bonding on broken front tooth

Dental bonding is an aesthetic and natural-looking restoration used to repair minor fractures and tooth defects. Bonding comes in a wide variety of different shades to best match your existing tooth color. A well-placed bonding will blend in with your natural tooth color and become virtually indistinguishable from your teeth.

Why is bonding so popular?

Bonding comes in different shades to better match your tooth color.

Bonding is an aesthetic restoration which is simple, effective and affordable. The most common alternative to bonding is silver fillings (Amalgam). However, most cosmetic dentists prefer using bonding over silver fillings. Not only do silver fillings look unnatural and unappealing, but they also contain mercury which is a known toxin. On the other hand, bonding safe and the filling material looks natural and is very durable.

Is bonding right for my teeth?

Bonding can be used effectively to repair small tooth chips, minor cracks and dental cavities. Placing bonding on your teeth is a great solution for repairing small to medium sized cavities and tooth defects. Here is why:

  • Bonding your teeth is a simple procedure and can be done in a single visit.
  • Dental bonding is a simple and easy procedure which yields great aesthetic results.
  • Material used for bonding is safe, durable and aethetically beautiful
  • Your dentist can match your bonding to your exact tooth shade to give your tooth a natural looking appearance.

What are the limitations of bonding?

Larger fractures like this typically can’t be fixed with bonding and require a crown or porcelain veneer

Bonding is great for fixing small to medium sized defects, however bonding does have its limitations:

  • If a defect is too large, tooth bonding will typically not work as a long-term solution. An oversize bonding will leave your tooth vulnerable to biting stress forces which can lead to tooth fracture.
  • Large bonding restorations tend to stain over time. Occasionally, they can accumulate decay as well. Consequently, large bonding restorations are risky and often times need to be replaced every few years.

As you can see, bonding is not the ideal solution for fixing large, visible defects. Cosmetic dentists prefer to use sturdier restorations such as inlays, onlays, porcelain veneers or ceramic crowns instead.

What is the process for teeth bonding?

Bonding is a relatively simple dental treatment which is typically completed in one to two session. Here is what you should expect:

  • Consultation: During your cosmetic consultation your dentist will access your teeth to see if bonding is a good option. Whether you need one tooth bonded or a dozen, your dentist must evaluate to see if you’re a good candidate first.
  • Preparation: Bonding is typically preformed during a single appointment. In fact, often times the whole process can be completed during your initial visit in 30 to 60 minutes. Your dentist will show you the completed result to make sure the color and shape is to your liking.
  • Follow-up: Typically, your dentist will want to see you in a few weeks. This is to make sure your bonding is intact and to make necessary adjustments to your bite. Basically, this is a quick and easy visit to make sure that everything looks and feels good.

Dental bonding in San Clemente:

If you are considering bonding your teeth, give us a call today. Book your complimentary cosmetic consultation today at (949)481-2540 or book online. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will access your teeth to see if dental bonding is a good option for you. We will review your treatment and discuss costs so you know exactly what to expect. If you’re ready to get started, give us a call today and see how we can help you beautify your smile with dental bonding in our San Clemente office.

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