Those who want to enjoy a beautiful smile often turn to dental bonding. This process includes having a special material bonded to a tooth that corrects a specific problem or imperfection. Resin is used for teeth bonding, which is a type of plastic material that is matched closely to the tooth colour. This material is extremely durable, allowing it to hold up well in the mouth.

Dental Bonding Explained

In most cases, the process takes about 30 minutes to an hour for a single tooth. The dentist starts by choosing a resin colour that matches the colour of the tooth. Next, the surface of the tooth is roughened and then a special conditioner is applied to make it easy for the bonding material to stick to the tooth. Once the resin is applied, an ultraviolet light or laser is used to help harden the resin. Last, the resin is smooth and shaped, then polished so it looks just like the rest of the affected tooth.

Why Teeth Bonding is Used

This dental procedure can be used to deal with various dental problems. In some cases, it’s used to help repair chipped teeth or teeth affected by cavities. Bonding can be used to close gaps between teeth or to cover discoloured teeth. In some cases, the shape of the tooth may be changed with this process to make it look nicer. It may also be used to cover the tooth root if it is showing due to receding gums in the mouth.

The Pros and Cons

Dental bonding comes with several pros and cons that must be considered. One of the main benefits is that this procedure is much cheaper than many other dental treatments. It can be done in-office and usually in a single visit. Another pro of this procedure is that usually anaesthesia is not needed, unless it’s used to help repair a tooth with cavities. Many people prefer this option over crowns and veneers, since little tooth enamel is displaced.

Of course, a few cons have to be considered as well. One of the main cons is that the material used in teeth bonding isn’t as durable as some other treatments. The material may chip over time and they aren’t as stain resistant as other materials used for different dental procedures. For this reason, usually dental bonding is recommended for small changes to teeth instead of big cosmetic changes.

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