Dental bonding consists of the application of a strong tooth-colored composite resin material directly onto the tooth’s surface. It is then artistically sculpted and shaped, to blend seamlessly and naturally with your teeth. A high intensity curing light is then focused on the composite material, in a matter of seconds, hardening and strengthening it to the surface of the tooth. Often, it is necessary to slightly reduce the surface of the tooth before adding the composite resin material to avoid an over contoured appearance.
Call our office at (760) 746-2559. Dr. Malone will work with patients to determine whether dental cosmetic bonding is right for their personal situation. Each patient is an individual and is treated as such in his practice. He will examine the patient and speak with them about what they expect from their dental treatment, and will help them achieve the beautiful, healthy smile that they have always wanted.
Although composite resin is aesthetically pleasing and placed easily, the durability is not as good as porcelain restorations. The resin usually lasts 4-7 years before beginning to stain, chip, or wear. If this happens, the bonded restorations will have to be replaced.
Because of the obvious limitations, most dentists consider dental bonding as best used for temporary coverage of cosmetic flaws, for small cosmetic changes, and for correction of front teeth or those in areas of minimal bite pressure. A stronger, longer lasting alternative to bonding is either porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns.
Repairing A Fractured Central Incisor
Alternative to Porcelain Veneers
Cosmetic bonding is a wonderful alternative to porcelain veneers and other restorative services that are available. Cosmetic dental bonding can improve imperfections in a tooth. Teeth that are chipped, cracked, or broken may benefit from cosmetic bonding, as well as those that are spaced too far apart. Patients can have their smiles transformed quickly and easily with dental bonding.
Dental cosmetic bonding uses a specialized material that can be shaped to a patient’s tooth. This tooth-colored composite resin and can be sculpted to cover a patient’s tooth. It is then cured with a special high intensity light that will harden it and keep it in place. The dentist may also contour the tooth and polish it to give it that natural looking sheen that patients typically enjoy with their natural teeth.
Fast & Affordable
In some cases, dental bonding is seen as a temporary fix to a dental concern. Some patients prefer longer-lasting restorative treatments such as porcelain veneers, which can last decades with proper care. Dental bonding can address defects in a fast, affordable way, but may not be the best solution for long-term correction of a patient’s smile. Dental bonding is also susceptible to staining, and may become chipped or broken within about five years. Patients are encouraged to consider alternative treatments for imperfections in their smiles. Veneers may be suggested as a way to cover imperfections depending upon a patient’s budget and lifestyle.
Call us at (760) 746-2559 for a consultation appointment. Dr. Malone will evaluate your mouth, learn what like and don’t like about your smile, and help determine a treatment plan that makes sense for your lifestyle.