Cosmetic bonding is a dental technique or solution for
- Repairing and fixing chipped or cracked teeth
- Hiding discoloration on the tooth’s surface
- Reducing unsightly gaps between the teeth
Bonding is used to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile. It refers to any composite material, either a plastic or resin, that is bonded to an existing tooth. Unlike the placement of crowns, cosmetic bonding requires removal of little, if any, of the original tooth structure.
Cosmetic bonding has many advantages over the placement of crowns:
It is a quick process, which typically lasts less than one hour.
It is a popular choice because it does not reduce the tooth’s original structure and is relatively inexpensive. Composite resins also come in many different shades to match the natural color of your original tooth.
Composites are typically not as durable and long-lasting as veneers and crowns and may need to be retouched or replaced every five to ten years. Proper home oral care will help to insure the beauty and duration of your composite bonding. This means that, like the rest of your teeth, bonded teeth should be brushed and flossed daily. This is especially the case if you drink coffee, tea, or smoke tobacco, all of which stain composite bonds.share