Tooth bonding may be recommended for a variety of dental health or cosmetic concerns. A relatively painless and quick procedure, it can be an economical alternative to more expensive options such as dental veneers.
Dr. Jason Baldwin offers tooth bonding in our Truckee dentist office for treating a range of concerns, both cosmetic and restorative. He has the skill and experience as an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist to provide results from tooth bonding that will look natural, enhancing your smile while improving your overall dental health. Tooth bonding can effectively treat:
- Spaces between teeth
- Minor chips, cracks or damage to teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Tooth cavities
Tooth Bonding: What To Expect
The tooth bonding process is similar to a dental filling. Dr. Baldwin will apply a local anesthetic for your comfort during the procedure. He will then prepare the tooth by removing as little tooth structure as possible to accommodate the composite material comfortably.
The color matched composite resin is molded carefully into place for a natural-looking new tooth that will blend beautifully with your smile. The final step is to cure it using a special light that will permanently set the composite, followed by polishing for a natural luster.
Cosmetic Bonding Vs. Porcelain Veneers
Cosmetic dentistry is not just recommended for making over a smile, but can also serve an important role in helping to maintain a healthy smile. As we age, tooth structure is weakened and can cause our teeth to become chipped and damaged. This will eventually reduce the tooth enamel, leaving our teeth more vulnerable to breaking and cracking.
Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain, custom-made to improve the appearance of your smile. This cosmetic treatment provides strength and resilience to improve the shape, size and color of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are applied by removing a small amount of the original enamel. This allows the veneer to properly fit within the mouth and provides a more natural result.
Porcelain veneers are able to improve many cosmetic concerns such as discoloration, fractures, and gaps between teeth. Many patients enjoy veneers because they are made of durable, high-quality materials, which makes it harder to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth.
Veneers resist stains from coffee, tea, and smoking. They can also make even the darkest teeth appear bright and white. However, because enamel must be removed to place a veneer, this is not considered a reversible treatment. Adjustments can be made but you will not be able to return to the original condition of the tooth.
Cosmetic Tooth Bonding
Dental bonding is a popular, less expensive cosmetic treatment. Tooth bonding uses a high-density, composite resin and porcelain to perfectly match original teeth. Cosmetic bonding requires your tooth to first be roughened so the resign can properly adhere. When your dentist applies the resin, it will be molded and hardened to fill in cracks or chips present in your teeth. This custom color matched resin is virtually indistinguishable from your natural tooth enamel.
Cosmetic bonding can be used in many ways but works best for repairing damaged teeth. Tooth bonding is a quick treatment for a long-lasting smile. Unlike veneers, the composite resin can be stained over time from coffee, tea, and smoking. While this treatment is less expensive than veneers, tooth bonding will only last around 10 years while veneers can last up to and beyond 20 years with good oral hygiene and dental care.
Every smile is unique. Both porcelain veneers and tooth bonding are great cosmetic treatments that can enhance your smile and improve your dental health. After discussing your cosmetic desires, goals and budget, Dr. Baldwin will recommend which treatment is best for you.
Tooth Bonding FAQ
Does dental insurance cover dental bonding?
Whether or not dental insurance covers dental bonding will depend on a few factors. When bonding is used for cosmetic reasons like filling in chips or gaps, insurance companies will likely not offer any type of coverage. However, if you need dental bonding to support the health of the tooth, then your insurance will likely offer some type of coverage.
Does dental bonding look fake?
No, not at all! The composite resin used in the bonding process is tinted to perfectly match your surrounding, natural teeth. It will look just like your other teeth and your smile will appear completely natural.
Is the tooth bonding process painful?
The dental bonding process is virtually pain-free. Dr. Baldwin will only be working on the surface of the tooth. You may not even need any form of anesthesia. However, if you require bonding for a cavity, then the process to prepare the tooth may be painful. In this case, Dr. Baldwin will administer anesthesia for your comfort.