What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding, sometimes described as dental contouring, is a composite material that Dr. Wolfe can use to reshape your teeth. It is essentially the same material used in composite fillings. It starts out as a soft putty that can be easily shaped.
After removing damaged tooth material, Dr. Wolfe will clean your tooth and lightly etch the surface to help the dental bonding hold onto the tooth. Then he will apply the material and shape it to alter the shape of your tooth. This can make the tooth taller, repair damage to the tooth, or make it wider to close gaps between teeth or make crooked teeth look straighter.
What Problems Can Dental Bonding Fix?
Dental bonding is a versatile procedure. Since it can reshape your teeth, it can be used to address many minor cosmetic problems you might have with your smile. It can help you avoid embarrassment and stop hiding your smile because of:
- Chipped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Slightly crooked teeth
- Small teeth (like retained baby teeth)
- Poorly shaped teeth (like peg laterals)
Because dental bonding must be applied to each tooth individually, it’s best used when you have a problem that affects just one or a few teeth. For example, it’s a very popular way to close a gap (diastema) between your central teeth. It closes this gap by expanding neighboring teeth so they fill the space.
Dental bonding is a very popular cosmetic dentistry procedure because it offers several benefits:
- Attractive results
- Quick treatment
- Low cost
When expertly shaped and polished, this gives results that are as attractive as those given by any cosmetic dentistry procedure. However, it’s a very quick treatment. It can be completed in a single visit, usually in less than an hour. And since it also costs a fraction of what you might pay for other cosmetic dentistry solutions.
There are tradeoffs, of course, since dental bonding doesn’t last as long as other treatments. However, because of the low cost, many people opt for this as a trial treatment while considering more expensive, long-term alternatives.
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