Dental bonding is a cosmetic and restorative treatment option offered by Drs. Stein and Weiss of The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry. In this commonly performed procedure, composite resin materials are shaped, colored, and bonded directly onto teeth. This both restores function and provides a more aesthetic appearance.
What can dental bonding treat?
The same material used in composite fillings for cavity treatment can be used for other restorative and cosmetic treatments. Dental bonding is a versatile procedure; it can camouflage a variety of imperfections in teeth and can also help to strengthen a tooth that’s been weakened from cracks or chips. At our Skokie, IL practice, we often recommended bonding for one or more of the following:
- To repair chipped or cracked teeth
- To improve discolored teeth
- To close gaps between teeth
- To lengthen one or more teeth
- To reshape one or more teeth
- To protect an exposed tooth root
What to Expect
If you are receiving bonding treatment, you can expect to achieve final aesthetic results in just one office visit. Your dentist will complete the following steps to create the new look and feel for your tooth:
- Prep the tooth: For this procedure, a very thin layer of enamel is filed away to create a new surface on which the composite resin can bond. Your tooth must be completely clean and dry to properly bond with the resin.
- Shape and color the composite resin: Your dentist can shape and color the material using a dental shade guide to seamlessly match your natural smile.
- Bond the composite resin to the tooth: The shaped and colored resin is applied to the tooth and bonded within seconds with a special dental curing light.
- Smooth and polish the bonded tooth: Final touch-ups will ensure the tooth looks natural with no visible lines or edges. A quick polish will bring similar shine to the composite resin as that of a natural tooth.
How does dental bonding compare to porcelain veneers?
Some patients who are looking to improve their smile may consider both dental bonding and porcelain veneers. While dental bonding is a more affordable procedure, there are some differences you should be aware of when considering both treatment options.
The composite resin material used in dental bonding is slightly porous. That means it will be susceptible to stains just like a regular tooth. Patients with dental bonding should take care when enjoying richly-colored foods and drinks like coffee, red wines, and tomato-based sauces. By drinking plenty of water during and after eating, you can help avoid some staining. Porcelain veneers, however, are not porous and will not stain from food or drink.
Neither porcelain veneers nor dental bonding is a permanent solution. Each treatment will need to be eventually replaced. With proper care, dental bonding can last for up to 10 years. Porcelain veneers last slightly longer, and can be replaced every 10-15 years. It should be noted that dental bonding is considered reversable, because very little enamel is filed away to make an accepting surface for the composite resin. Veneers, however, are usually considered irreversible, as more enamel must be permanently removed to fit the veneers.
Schedule your Cosmetic Dental Procedure Today
Bonding is a safe solution that can give your teeth a new appearance in as little as one appointment. To find out if bonding may be right for you, contact us at The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry at (847) 676-3500.