Your teeth see their daily share of discoloration and, in some cases, damage. While much of this is temporary or so mild that you can live with it, sometimes the discoloration and damage are too much. Depending on the issue, there are a number of solutions. But if you want an easy way to fill in cracks, make your teeth whiter, and generally make your smile look a lot better, tooth bonding is an option to strongly consider.
What is Dental Bonding?
Tooth bonding or dental bonding involves taking a white or otherwise-tooth-colored resin and applying it to the tooth. The resin is shaped to conform to the tooth and can replace chips and seal cracks. Resin can be used as a general covering to make the tooth whiter, which is a wonderful option for people who have very sensitive teeth and who do not want to undergo chemical bleaching. And if you have gaps between teeth, the resin can be shaped to fill in those gaps. In other words, you can extend the sides of the surrounding teeth a bit to make the gap disappear. You’ll still have a small, “normal” gap there that you need to floss, but the space won’t be unusually large.
What Does Dental Bonding Involve?
Dental bonding is straightforward and very simple. The dentist applies the resin and shapes it as needed, and then hardens the resin with a special type of light. The tooth bonding is done in a short period of time, though for a few days after the bonding is completed, you’ll want to be careful about how you treat the teeth in question. Eat softer foods and don’t drink tea, coffee, juices, wine, or anything else that can stain for a short time; our dentist will let you know how long you have to wait.
However, after that time, the tooth bonding should cure enough so that you can treat the bonded teeth like any other teeth in your mouth. Dental bonding is a versatile option and can take care of a number of cosmetic issues, and it is among the more affordable dental treatment options.