Types of Tooth Defects That Dental Bonding Can Repair

Types of Tooth Defects That Dental Bonding Can Repair

Feb 01, 2021

Dental imperfections are common; most of us experience cracks, chips, and discoloration. While these dental flaws do not present a threat to your oral health (unless they are severe) they do damper your smile. Fixing these teeth issues is part of our cosmetic dentistry treatment. One of the procedures we perform is dental bonding.

Dental bonding is the use of tooth-colored resin material that is bonded to repair dental imperfections. Bonding is the most affordable and fast dental procedure used to correct these problems. Teeth bonding can be used to correct several teeth defects like:

1.Chipped and cracked teeth 

Although our teeth are strong and effective, they can crack and chip when your mouth or teeth come in direct contact with an object. When you have minor or mild cracks or chips, the dentist can recommend dental bonding. If you have severe chips, you’ll need other forms of treatment.

Bonding helps to cover these cracks improve your smile and dental appearance.

2.Discolored teeth 

When teeth are discolored, professional teeth whitening can help remove the stains. However, if you have severe discoloration, teeth bonding can work great in covering these stains and brighten up the teeth.

3.Spaces between your teeth

Spaces in your teeth are caused by several factors, such as having smaller teeth. This causes the teeth to emerge apart. These teeth spaces are not a dental problem. However, if you hate the spaces, you can have them fixed with teeth bonding.

4.Short teeth 

Short teeth can impair your confidence, but more than that, they affect your eating and speaking. Shorter than normal teeth are caused by genetics or wear and tear. The size of the teeth can be rectified using teeth bonding. The resin material is applied to the teeth to lengthen them and create an even appearance.

5.Oddly shaped teeth 

If you have misshapen teeth, teeth bonding can correct and change the shape. However, teeth bonding is ideal for only mild to moderate misshapen teeth. If you have a severe dental issue, then braces and other dental problems can be used to correct the shape.

How Are Teeth Bonded

Dental bonding is a safe, fast, and affordable dental treatment that helps to correct dental imperfections. The procedure is done in two steps in a process that last for bout 30 to 45 minutes.

  • Dental planning and examination

Our dentist will first examine your teeth for decay and other problems. Local anesthesia is not used unless you have decay and the dentist uses bonding to restore the tooth or if the crack is near the tooth nerves.

  • Bonding process 

Little preparation is needed to make the bonding process easier. The dentist will roughen the teeth and apply conditioning to your teeth. This makes the bonding material easier to stick. The dentist will apply a resin material on the affected and mold it to the correct shape. The material is then hardened with laser light. After the teeth are hardened, the dentist will trim and shape the tooth. Finally, the teeth are polished to match the rest of the teeth.

Dental bonding is fixed in one dental visit. And, unlike the veneers and crowns, teeth bonding your enamel does not need to be trimmed.

However, the material used is not as durable as the veneers and crowns. The resin can crack, and chip and is prone to discoloration. That is why dentists use teeth bonding as short term treatment for minor dental problems. With proper care, bonded teeth can last between two and seven years.

How to Care for Bonded Teeth

It is important to care for your teeth to protect the resin material from cracking or chipping. Avoid biting hard objects like ice cubes, biting your nails, or chewing a pencil. Also, do not use the bonded teeth to open bottles. Other than that, follow your standard dental hygiene routine to keep the teeth and gums healthy.

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