Dental bonding is a great cosmetic solution for some patients, but it’s not ideal for everyone. Knowing the ins and outs of this treatment will help you determine if it’s right for you.
What is Dental Bonding?
Bonding is a cosmetic procedure that’s used to improve the appearance of teeth, by rebuilding the shade, and shape in a specific portion of the affected tooth.
During this cosmetic treatment, our Phoenix dentist will first do minor adjustments to your teeth and roughen their surface. After placing bonding solutions over the area, we will shape your new tooth from a moldable composite material. Then once the area is restored, a special light hardens the bonding agents and adheres them permanently to the surface of your tooth. In the last step of your procedure, our Phoenix cosmetic dentist will fine-tune and polish the material to achieve the desired aesthetic results.
Why Choose Composite Bonding
There are several reasons you may want to choose bonding as your cosmetic procedure.
Improve on Shape and Appearance
Minor imperfections can be fixed with bonding. For example, teeth that are small, slightly crooked, have gaps between them and are chipped or jagged are just a few examples of aesthetic flaws we can fix.
Brighten Their Shade
In addition to shaping up a tooth, bonding comes in a variety of colors so we can brighten your smile by choosing a shade that will boost your looks and self-esteem.
Lasts Longer Than Whitening
If cared for properly, bonding can last for several years (which is a lot longer than bleaching without touchups.)
When compared to other cosmetic procedures like porcelain veneers, dental bonding is much cheaper.
The Disadvantages of Teeth Bonding
While cosmetic bonding comes with its benefits, there are also some reasons that might make you want to consider other procedures.
Staining Is Possible
While bonding does last longer than whitening, the material can stain. In order to prevent this, you should refrain from consuming dark drinks like coffee, and red wine. Smoking also will discolor bonding quickly so if you’re a smoker, you might want to think twice before agreeing to this procedure.
Lack of Strength
The composite material used during bonding isn’t as strong as natural tooth enamel, or even a porcelain veneer. So, if you have a strong bite, this procedure may not be ideal for you.
While it’s true that bonding costs less than veneers, normal wear and tear requires it to be replaced every so often. If you’re prone to bad habits like drinking dark beverages, smoking, biting your nails, and grinding your teeth, then your bonding will need to be replaced even more often.
Cosmetic Tooth Bonding in Phoenix
If you’re interested in learning more about dental bonding and other cosmetic procedures, then you should come see our Phoenix dentist. Dr. Babak Behbahani and his cosmetic dentistry team are excited to discuss your goals and provide you with a life-changing solution. Your new smile is waiting. Give us a call today.