Bonding is one of the simplest and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures. It involves the application of a composite resin material, shaded to match the color of your natural teeth, to improve the appearance of your teeth.
At Kevin Kay DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Kevin Kay can perform bonding treatment within a single session.
What is Bonding Used For?
Bonding involves applying, shaping, and polishing a composite resin material to your teeth to make them look straight, even, bright, and white. Some of its most important uses are listed below:
One of the biggest advantages of composite bonding treatment is that it can be completed in a single session, unlike veneer treatment, which requires multiple sessions.
Dental Bonding Procedure
Bonding procedures do not require advanced preparation. At Kevin Kay DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we will perform the procedure under local anesthesia. We will start by shaving off a minute amount of enamel so that the resin can affix to your tooth. We will then add an adhesive agent to the surface of the tooth and add the composite resin. A special curing light is used to bond the resin to your tooth. We will trim off the excess amount of resin and then polish the tooth until it shines like your natural teeth.
Benefits of Bonding
Bonding is one of the least expensive and easiest cosmetic procedures. In comparison to veneers and crowns, bonding treatment comes with many advantages.
Unlike veneers treatment and crown lengthening procedures, which may require the restorations to be fabricated in a dental lab (unless you use CEREC technology) and are completed in multiple dental visits, bonding treatment can be finished in a single session within an hour.
One of its biggest advantages is that it is better for the overall health of your tooth as well. As only a very slight amount of surface enamel is removed during the process, it causes almost no damage to the tooth. This also makes the process reversible in case you want to restore the appearance of your tooth in any other way.
Limitations of Bonding
Bonding treatment may not be appropriate for everyone. If your smile is crooked due to an underbite or overbite, bonding cannot treat it. Additionally, the composite resin material used is not nearly as strong as your natural tooth. As a result, it will chip away after a few years, and you may need to have the procedure performed again.
Bad lifestyle habits like chewing on your pencils or fingernails can also erode the bonding material before its time.
Composite resin is also not as stain-resistant as porcelain or metal and may become discolored if you consume an excess amount of highly-pigmented foods or use tobacco.
In short, bonding works best for making small, temporary cosmetic changes in teeth which exert low bite pressure.
Since bonding has virtually no side effects, many people prefer this procedure. If you want your tooth/teeth to undergo a bonding treatment, call us at (425) 738-8476 to schedule an appointment.