Is Dental Bonding Effective?

Is Dental Bonding Effective?

Mar 01, 2021

Yes, dental bonding is an effective dental solution when done properly. Cracked, chipped, weak, and discolored teeth can be a confidence buster. These dental imperfections can also impair your dental health. Fixing these problems is, therefore, important to your appearance and oral health. Fortunately, we offer dental bonding in Easton, PA, that can help repair and restore your teeth.

What is Dental Bonding?

Composite dental bonding is a dental procedure that uses a tooth-colored resin to repair chipped, cracked, and broken teeth. The dentist applies the material to the affected teeth and hardens them with a special light.

When is Dental Bonding Recommended?

Our dentist can recommend cosmetic dental bonding to correct several dental problems like discolored teeth. Professional teeth whitening is often the primary treatment of choice for discoloration. But, when you have severe stains, the dentist can recommend dental bonding.

If you have spaces between your teeth, teeth bonding for gaps can be ideal to close them and improve your smile. Composite resin can also be used to repair decayed teeth when fillings are not an ideal solution.

What is Bonding vs. Veneers?

Bonding and veneers fix almost similar dental problems. However, teeth bonding is ideal for minor dental imperfections. Also, the process of bonding the teeth can be done in one dental appointment.

Veneers, on the other hand, need at least two dental visits to be fixed. The teeth also require trimming and reshaping to make room for the veneers, which is an irreversible procedure.

Bonded teeth are not as strong and can chip and crack, that’s why the procedure is usually used as a short-term dental procedure.

Is Bonding Reversible?

Yes, the composite bonding can be removed. Bonding is more of an additive treatment and does not require the removal of your enamel. The dentist can remove the bonding with sandpaper and a rapid-rotating disc. Once the bonding material is removed, your teeth will not be bright, because the enamel is usually etched before the procedure.

How Are Teeth Bonded?

Dental bonding is done in one dental visit and can take 30 to 60 minutes to complete. The process is done in two steps:

  • Preparation

A little preparation is needed before the teeth are bonded. The dentist will first check the condition of the teeth before the procedure begins. Local anesthesia is usually not used in dental bonding unless you have decay that must be drilled out. The dentist can also numb your gums if there is a risk of nerve damage.

The dentist will etch the teeth by applying an acid solution. This makes it easy for the resin material to bond to the teeth. The acid solution is rinsed off and teeth dried.

  • Bonding the teeth

The resin material is applied to the teeth, molded, and shaped to the desired shape. The material is hardened with laser light. The excess material is removed and the teeth are reshaped to match the rest of the teeth.

Will Dental Bonding Whiten?

No, teeth whitening cannot be performed on bonded teeth. The dentist will whiten your teeth before the procedure and choose a shade that closely resembles your teeth. Once the teeth discolor, you will have to remove and retouch the bonding material.

Is Dental Bonding Covered By Insurance?

Teeth bonding is a cosmetic procedure used to cover the gaps or repair broken teeth, and therefore may not be covered by your dental insurance. You may, however, have a portion of the teeth bonding process covered depending on why you need bonding. Or if dental bonding will improve your oral health.

How Long Will Dental Bonding Last?

Dental bonding is a short-term solution and can last between two and seven years. It is, however, important to care for your bonded teeth to protect them. Do not use your teeth as a tool because this can cause the teeth to crack. Also avoid biting hard objects, ice, or your fingernails.

Avoid overconsuming staining foods and beverages like coffee, wine, and tea.

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