Tooth bonding is—it’s pretty much a mainstay in dentistry; it’s very conservative. It's essentially reversible because we don't typically need to harm your tooth in order to bond. We basically can add back to your tooth. Sometimes, veneers are that way. You can do veneers that you don't prepare the tooth at all. Typically, the tooth has to be altered in some way to make room for the restoration that we're going to add. Bonding, generally, is an additive restoration, so we're adding to the tooth. We might be fixing a broken corner or making a tooth that's sitting back in the smile more and bringing it out, but it's something that's done chairside. It's fast and easy and generally less expensive.
Does your smile suffer from cosmetic problems like chips, small cracks, or short teeth? Mark W. Wilhelm, DMD, MSD is here to help correct these problems with quick and painless dental bonding or also known as tooth bonding.
What is Tooth Bonding?
Tooth bonding is a noninvasive approach to correcting some minor cosmetic flaws in your smile. The composite resin we use in the bonding process does a wonderful job of integrating with your tooth structure. Because we match the resin to the current color of your teeth, it will blend seamlessly with your smile.
First, Dr. Wilhelm will determine what shade of white the composite resin needs to be to match your tooth. Next, the surface of your tooth will be lightly etched, or roughened up a bit. This ensures a complete bond between the resin and your tooth surface. A conditioning liquid is then applied to further help strengthen the bond. The composite resin is applied next. Dr. Wilhelm will mold the resin into the shape he needs to fix your tooth. A special light is used to harden the putty-like resin. Once the resin is cured (hardened), Dr. Wilhelm will buff and polish any rough spots.
What Does Tooth Bonding Treat?
Dental bonding can effectively treat several cosmetic problems you are facing. Some of those conditions include:
Chips – Veneers are a more sturdy fix for this type of cosmetic problem, but they also cost more and are permanent. Dental bonding can quickly fix the shape of your tooth, replace the part that was chipped away, and give you back your undamaged smile.
Cracks – Small cracks in your tooth will leave darkened lines in your tooth surface. This can greatly impact your smile. Dental bonding can cover those lines and restore the white appearance of your tooth. The severity of the crack will determine if this treatment is right for you. For more severe cracks, a crown is a more appropriate treatment.
Close Gaps – Gaps between teeth can be very distracting to an otherwise attractive smile. Dr. Wilhelm can use dental bonding to close those gaps and give you the even smile you have always wanted.
Lengthen Short Teeth – Dental bonding is an effective way of adjusting a tooth that may not have reached the length it was supposed to. The resin will match your current tooth, and the curing process will harden the resin so that you can use the tooth to eat with like you normally would.
What are the Benefits of Tooth Bonding at Mark W. Wilhelm, DMD, MSD?
- Appearance – We match the composite resin perfectly to the color of your teeth, so it will blend in without anyone noticing it’s there. Its corrective nature will improve the overall look of your smile.
- Less Prep Needed – Other corrective techniques like veneers and dental crowns require enamel removal during the preparation process. With dental bonding, the only prep work is some light etching of the tooth surface and application of the conditioning liquid to help strengthen the bond.
- Cost-Effective/Time-Effective – Dental bonding is less costly than other corrective methods. The procedure also takes less time, contributing to an all-around lower cost for the process.