Are your teeth discolored or unevenly spaced? Perhaps you have teeth that are broken, chipped or cracked. If these issues are causing you embarrassed, and keeping you from showing your full, joyous smile dental bonding may be the solution you’ve been waiting for. For this procedure, a resin is applied to your tooth in order to fix a number of issues such as those mentioned above. Here at Manhattan Beach Dental Center, we have been performing dental bonding for years to help our patients achieve brilliant white, sparkling smiles.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is a term used to describe a number of different procedures. From the adhesive bonding of a crown, bridge, or porcelain veneer to direct composite bonding, you probably have had or know someone who has had some form of dental bonding performed. Indirect composite bonding, the restorative material is placed directly where it is needed by your dentist, usually in one visit. For more extensive or complicated treatments, additional visits may be required, but there is usually no need for temporary restorations or waiting weeks for laboratory-made restorations.
What dental problems can bonding fix?
Dental bonding can be used to repair a number of issues. Cosmetic dentistry issues such as unusual gaps and discoloration can benefit from the use of dental bonding. It can also be used for general dentistry issues such as protecting a tooth root that has become exposed, repairing chipped or cracked teeth, and even fill cavities. This procedure can often be used as an alternative to more costly or time-consuming dental procedures, and the resin that is used is tooth colored, resulting in an instant improvement in the look of your smile. Why wait for laboratory restorations such as crowns and veneers when dental bonding can be done in your dentist’s office the same day?
How long does dental bonding last, and how long does the process take?
Dental bonding is a quick procedure that usually only takes between 30 and 60 minutes per tooth. Your dentist will first clean your teeth, and then roughen the surface of the tooth to be bonded. A conditioning liquid is applied, and then the resin is put on. A special light is used to quickly harden the resin before your dentist shapes the material and trims away any excess. Everything is then polished to look natural. While it isn’t permanent, it typically lasts between 3 to 10 years.
For more information or to find out if you might be a good candidate for the procedure, call Manhattan Beach Dental Center today at 310-376-0482 for a consultation. Our friendly and professional staff has performed dental bonding on hundreds of patients as a way to help them achieve their best and brightest smile, and they’re ready to help you do the same.