Tooth bonding is a common cosmetic dentistry procedure that’s used to restore or improve a person’s smile. This procedure uses a tooth-colored composite material, which is applied to a tooth, sculpted into shape, hardened with a high-intensity light and then polished. The restoration blends seamlessly with the remainder of the surrounding tooth structure and the rest of your natural teeth—resulting in a healthier and brighter smile. Tooth bonding is one of the easiest and least expensive ways of restoring broken or decayed teeth to full beauty and function. For help finding a local dental professional, search for a dentist near you.
What Dental Issues Can Bonding Address?
Dental bonding can fix a defect or imperfection within a tooth. Bonding is an option that can be considered for the following concerns:
- To repair decayed teeth
- To repair chipped teeth or cracked teeth
- To improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- To close spaces between teeth
- To make teeth look longer
- To change the shape of teeth
The best way to determine if bonding is the right solution for you is by making an appointment with your dentist. They can then review your teeth and give you their recommended treatment plan.
How Do I Care For Bonded Teeth?
Teeth that have had bonding done do not need different or special care at home. You should brush and floss the bonded areas just like you would for your normal teeth. However, dental bonding does have some limitations. The resin used in bonding isn’t as strong as your natural tooth, so biting your fingernails or chewing on ice or pens can chip the bonded tooth. Also, the potential for stain will be much greater, and will happen much faster, for those who consume coffee, tea, dark sodas, red wine, or tobacco products.
Who Performs Tooth Bonding?
Typically, your general dentist can bond a tooth, but in some cases, your dentist may refer you to a specialist. To find a dental office near you, visit our locations page.