Dental bonding, also called adhesive dentistry, uses a resin-based material to restore a tooth or improve its appearance. The resin material can be matched to the color of your teeth so that it is indistinguishable from your natural tooth enamel.
Dental bonding is a simple and affordable treatment that can usually be completed in one visit. The dentists at Inspira Advanced Dentistry use bonding for the following procedures:
Bonding is also used for cosmetic corrections, including:
When used for a smile makeover, bonding is a cost-effective alternative to veneers. And bonding saves time because your dentist won’t have to take a mold of your teeth to send to a lab so that you can enjoy your new smile right after your procedure.
Dental bonding generally takes about 30-60 minutes. In most cases, anesthesia is not necessary, but if you have a cavity that requires drilling or your dentist is making a repair close to the nerve of your tooth, then you’ll receive anesthesia before the procedure begins.
Your dentist begins by gently scraping the surface of your tooth so the adhesive can grip the outer enamel of your tooth. Next, the resin is applied to the tooth and molded into the desired shape.
Your provider then uses a high-intensity light to harden the resin. When the material is set, your dentist polishes your tooth, removing any hard edges and causing the resin to blend seamlessly with the surface of your tooth.
Bonding can last up to ten years, depending on your individual teeth and oral hygiene habits. However, bonding does not last as long as fillings, crowns, or veneers.
Bonding is best for mild to moderate conditions. More severe conditions may require a different approach. The skilled dentists at Inspira Advanced Dentistry discuss all treatment options with you before your procedure.
To learn more about dental bonding, contact Inspira Advanced Dentistry by phone, or schedule a consultation online.