Bonding is a process in which an enamel-like material is applied to a tooth`s surface, sculpted to an ideal shape, hardened with a curing light, and then polished for an ideal smile. This procedure usually can be accomplished in a single visit. Bonding is often performed in order to fill in gaps or change the color of your teeth. It typically only entails one office visit, and the results last for several years.
Bonding is more susceptible to staining or chipping than other forms of restoration such as veneers. When teeth are chipped or slightly decayed, bonded composite resins may be the material of choice. Bonding also is used as a tooth-colored filling for small cavities and broken or chipped surfaces. In addition, bonding can be used to close spaces between teeth or cover the entire outside surface of a tooth to change its color and shape. Crowns, also known as caps, are used in cases where other procedures will not be effective. Crowns have the longest life expectancy of all cosmetic restorations, but are the most time consuming.
Bonding is one of the best things we do in our office for our patients. Over the past twenty years it has revolutionized dentistry as a whole. These visits are usually quick and easy with a great outcome, but if necessary, our office also provides oral sedation services to make you feel more comfortable. If you think bonding can help you or if you have questions, call Smile Restorations today for an exam and let Doctors Mogle and Jouett evaluate your overall oral health and explain what treatment options are available to you.