When should you consider dental bonding?
Dental bonding is an affordable alternative to more involved procedures such as veneers and crowns. Consult with Dr. Ekstein about dental bonding if:
- Your teeth have minor chips and flaws
- Your teeth are mildly crooked or misshaped
- Your teeth have minor spaces between them
- You aren’t sure if a tooth needs more extensive work
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental Bonding is a restoration procedure in which a tooth-colored resin is bonded to a tooth and cured with ultraviolet light. Dental bonding procedures are both faster and cheaper than placing veneers or crowns and may therefore be a good option for making small cosmetic improvements to your teeth.
Are there advantages to dental bonding vs. crowns and veneers?
Yes, but an evaluation by Dr. Ekstein will tell you if bonding is indeed the appropriate course of action. Unlike veneers and crowns, bonding can be done within one office visit since nothing has to be custom made by a dental laboratory. Additionally, the procedure typically requires removing less the tooth enamel compared to veneers and crowns.
However, it’s important for you to know that bonding typically doesn’t last as long as other forms of restoration and is less stain resistant. For these reasons, dental bonding is often used for small cosmetic touchups rather than major restorations.
How are dental bonding procedures performed at Smile Design Specialist?
The bonding procedure typically requires between 30 to 60 minutes to complete for each tooth.
First, Dr. Ekstein determines exactly what color shade your teeth are to select a resin that will blend in naturally with the existing tooth material. Once this is done, the doctor will prepare the tooth so that the bonding material will adhere properly. This involves roughening the surface of the affected tooth and applying a liquid conditioner. Once this is complete, Dr. Ekstein can then apply the bonding resin to the tooth and cure it precisely into place using an ultraviolet light. Finally, Dr. Ekstein uses his proven artistry to apply the finishing touches by shaping and polishing the resin for a perfect fit and finish.