Barrett G. Moore, DDS, PA & Associates – Charlotte NC
Bonding can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or mis-arranged, and is an alternative to veneers. Bonding can also be used to close gaps between teeth for a more pleasing smile.
How does dental bonding work?
The tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.
Considerations of dental bonding
The dental bonding procedure is minimally invasive and can often be completed in a single office visit, and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. However, since the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip or break than natural teeth. Bonding typically lasts three to five years before repair is needed. Composite bonding is minimally invasive and can usually be completed in a single visit. Dental bonding may also be used in combination with other cosmetic procedures and as part of a smile design.