If you are unhappy with chipped, gapped or poorly shaped teeth, and want a relatively inexpensive and quick solution to help you get an improved smile in just one dental visit, then tooth bonding may be right for you. Tooth bonding uses a plastic composite material to build up teeth that never developed or became damaged. When polished, the results can be highly aesthetic.
Dental bonding is a great treatment for some people, but not everyone. This page contains background information about the procedure. To learn from our cosmetic dentist whether you are a good candidate for tooth bonding, please call Aesthetic Dental Studio in Calgary, Alberta today at 403-543-4600.
What Is Tooth Bonding?
Dental bonding uses a plastic material with small amounts of ceramic included for increased hardness and strength. It is the same material used in one type of white fillings. It begins with a putty-like texture, but once it is applied and shaped onto your tooth, it can be cured using a special light that makes it harden. It can be custom-mixed before it is applied to get the best colour match.
What Tooth Bonding Treats
Dental bonding is a versatile tool for reshaping teeth. It can be used to fix teeth that are:
- Poorly shaped
It can be applied to several teeth at once, or used to treat just one tooth.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Tooth Bonding
Tooth bonding has a number of important advantages that make it a good treatment for many people looking to reshape their teeth, including that the process can be completed in a single visit and is relatively inexpensive. However, dental bonding also has some disadvantages.
Although colour matching and polishing can create a fairly aesthetic appearance, tooth bonding never quite achieves the same lustre as a ceramic material, such as tooth enamel. And tooth bonding tends to be a relatively short-lived restoration, lasting only a few years. For people wanting longer-lasting and more aesthetic restoration, porcelain veneers are recommended.
To learn more about tooth bonding and get personalized recommendations about what is the best treatment for you, please contact Aesthetic Dental Studio in Calgary, Alberta, online or by phone at 403-543-4600 to speak with cosmetic dentist Dr. Gordon Chee.