Tooth damage doesn’t always require an invasive procedure. Sometimes, the damage is so minor that there is no impact on your oral health. However, that does not mean it should not be treated. Even the most seemingly insignificant damage to your front teeth can leave you feeling embarrassed. Fortunately, small damage can be repaired by an equally small, non-invasive procedure. At Fern Creek Dentistry, we can repair teeth affected by small damage with dental bonding.
Bonding Can Fix A Wide Array of Imperfections
Dental bonding uses a material known as composite resin. It is a moldable material that we can apply and shape to fit a variety of needs. It is also tooth colored. Using a color guide, we can select the best shade of composite resin to repair your smile. The material can fill gaps, eliminate cracks, and even alter the shape of a tooth. It can even help to whiten the color of teeth that will not respond to teeth whitening treatments. Additionally, the same material used for bonding is also used for treating small cavities in visible teeth.
Why Consider Bonding?
There are many reasons to consider dental bonding. One of the biggest reasons is that it is incredibly affordable. This can be a significant draw for those looking for a cost-effective way to improve their smile. Bonding is one of the simplest cosmetic procedures. It is completely non-invasive. The procedure is quick, often taking less than an hour.
When is Bonding Not a Good Idea?
Despite being incredibly versatile, there are certain situations in which bonding may not be the best solution. Bonding cannot be used to fix significant damage, especially when the health of your teeth is compromised. It cannot be used to fix large gaps where your bite is significantly impacted. Bonding may also not be recommended if you grind or clench your teeth. While it is an effective cosmetic treatment, it is not the strongest solution.
Grinding and clenching, in addition to oral habits like nail biting, can damage it. In these situations, you may need to consider an alternative treatment such as dental veneers, dental crowns, or porcelain crowns. In cases of large gaps that affect your bite, you may need to consider orthodontic treatment. With a consultation, we can go over your goals and examine your mouth to help you choose the best solution.
Ensuring the Longevity of Your Bonding
Bonding is not the strongest treatment available. Therefore, it does need to be taken care of to ensure that it lasts. If you bite your nails or have a tendency to use your teeth to open packages, it is highly recommended that you try to break these habits.
Bonding is also more susceptible to staining than an alternative option such as porcelain veneers. If you smoke or use chewing tobacco, the material can easily become discolored. Unlike your tooth enamel, we cannot whiten bonding once it becomes stained. Instead, stained bonding needs to be replaced.
While the process is simple, it can get old having to have your bonding changed every time it begins to stain. Instead, it is recommended to quit habits such as smoking and limit your consumption of foods and beverages such as red wine and coffee. If you grind and clench your teeth, you may want to consider either a stronger option or invest in a mouthguard to wear while you sleep. With proper care, you can help your bonding to last as long as possible.
Bonding is a small procedure that can produce incredible results. For more information, call Fern Creek Dentistry at (704) 380-9555 today.