What Is Tooth Bonding?
Tooth bonding — also called teeth bonding if more than one tooth is being bonded — is a cost effective way to repair chipped, discolored, gapped, worn or crooked teeth.
Teeth bonding is a method of applying a white filling material to an area of a tooth — or the whole surface of the tooth. The material “bonds” to the tooth so that it looks like part of the tooth itself. The material is applied in such a way, and the color matches can be so close to the original tooth, that you usually can’t even tell that there has been tooth bonding done.
When Would You Use Teeth Bonding?
You can use tooth bonding as a great solution to these kinds of problems:
- Tooth bonding can repair a chipped tooth
- Teeth bonding can restore a worn tooth to its former length
- Tooth bonding is a great solutions for correcting a single twisted or crooked tooth without having to use orthodonture
- Teeth bonding is also a good way to fill a gap between teeth without having to get braces — depending on the size of the gap
- Teeth bonding can be used to overlay a discolored tooth to match the surrounding teeth
- Tooth bonding material can also be used in place of amalgam for a tooth-colored filling.
What’s the Difference Between Tooth Veneers and Teeth Bonding — And When Do You Use Which?
Tooth bonding is generally used for minor teeth issues: a worn area, a chip, spots of discoloration, a small gap, or slight crookedness. Veneers are used for more major issues. If you are unhappy with the shape, position or color of your teeth as a whole and you don’t want to get braces, or you’ve broken off half a tooth or more, then you would probably want to explore veneers or crowns, as you would not use tooth bonding in those cases. Veneers are a great solution for a variety of dental problems, but they do have two drawbacks: 1. Veneers are more expensive than tooth bonding and 2. Veneers require you to take down a portion of the tooth structure before you place the porcelain shell (veneer) over the teeth. Tooth bonding on the other hand, usually involves removing minimal or no tooth structure. It just bonds onto the existing tooth or teeth.
How Long Does Tooth Bonding Last?
People often ask if a tooth bonding is a “permanent” solution. In dentistry, there’s really no such thing as permanent, even crowns, bridges and dentures may need replacing due to recurrent decay or wear. How long tooth bonding will last depends on a lot of things, including the person’s bite, chewing habits, whether you grind your teeth, etc. However, as a general rule, with normal usage, a tooth bonding lasts for many years, probably about 10 years on average with normal usage.
The Benefits of Teeth Bonding
- Tooth bonding is painless and non-invasive.
- Teeth bonding is a reasonably-priced restorative or cosmetic dental procedure.
- Tooth bonding material can exactly match your natural tooth color.
- Teeth bonding conserves and preserves your existing tooth structure.
- Tooth bonding material can be customized for the use and location in your mouth, with different composites used for different purposes, added layering for extra strength, finer particles for areas that require more shine, etc. The art of teeth bonding has progressed to where the match in color and sheen can be undetectable from natural teeth.
Guaranteed Teeth Bonding DFW
We understand that a bonded tooth can take some getting used to, especially if we are adding length or width to a tooth that your mouth and muscles are used to being a certain way. We promise your muscle memory will adjust to the new tooth configuration, but if there are any problems in the first 30 days — like you grind off or chip your new tooth bonding — we will repair it at no charge.
If you are looking for tooth bonding in DFW or want to know more about teeth bonding and whether you might be a good candidate, please call us today. We’ll be happy to talk with you about our teeth bonding procedure and answer any questions you may have.