Dental Bonding by Viviane Trinh, DMD
Dental Bonding NYC by Viviane Trinh DMD
Dental bonding, also called tooth bonding, is a process that will help keep your smile bright even when they are damaged or don’t look their best. It involves our dentists applying resin, a bonding material for teeth, that is the same color as your teeth to hide imperfections. The reason that it is called dental or teeth bonding is because this resin bonds with the enamel of your tooth, so that it essentially becomes a part of it.
Cosmetic Dental Teeth Bonding Before & After
What Is Dental Bonding?
Cosmetic dental teeth bonding is a treatment that uses composite resin to repair or improve the appearance of your teeth. It’s called dental tooth bonding because the resin is bonded to your teeth using adhesives and a high-intensity light that hardens it.
If you don’t like the looks of traditional dental amalgam fillings, you can have cavities filled with composite resin, which looks like your natural tooth. Dental bonding is often used for cosmetic purposes because it covers discolored and chipped teeth. It also works for closing gaps between teeth, changing the shape of teeth, or making them look longer.
What are the risks and disadvantages of dental bonding?
Staining is an issue with dental bonding. The resin has slight stain-resistant properties, but not as much as crowns or veneers do. However, this could actually also be a good thing. Teeth get stained and change color with age. Your repaired teeth will look more natural as the bonding materials also get stained and discolored along with the rest of your teeth. Crowns and veneers can stand out, which makes them look artificial and can also make the natural teeth look worse by comparison.
Bonding materials do have a shorter life span than crowns and veneers. They can get damaged, you can grind them down in your sleep, or the resin can detach from the tooth as your mouth changes. For this reason, dentists generally recommend bonding for small cosmetic issues. If the resin does break or fall out, it can be easily replaced and repaired. Because pressure from biting can damage the teeth bonding material, we also tend to apply it in areas of the mouth where there is little bite pressure, such as the front teeth.