Did you know that enamel is the hardest tissue in your body? That’s true! Tooth enamel is even stronger than your bones.
That said, it doesn’t mean that enamel is indestructible and it cannot chip or break. In fact, it can chip quite easily, especially if your teeth have been affected by decay. Simple things like eating hard foods, chewing or biting on ice cubes, or drinking from a water fountain can break the enamel.
Luckily, modern dentistry has made it possible to repair a wide variety of cosmetic issues. One of the best and fastest ways to fix a chipped tooth, for example, is dental bonding.
Here’s what you need to know about this procedure.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure used to enhance the appearance of your smile. It can be used to fix and correct teeth that are chipped, cracked, broken, or stained. It can also be used to cover large gaps between your teeth or to make short teeth longer.
How Does It Work?
Your Lombard dentist will apply a tooth-colored composite resin material to change the size and shape of your tooth. If your tooth has a chip, for example, the dentist will apply the bonding material to fix the chip and give your smile an even look. The dentist will then use a UV lamp to help the composite resin harden and bond with the rest of your tooth.
The bonding material is the same color as your teeth, and it will blend perfectly. It’s virtually impossible to tell that you have it.
How Long Will It Last?
Dental bonding can last between 4 to 8 years or even more. Their longevity is influenced by several factors, such as:
- The quality of the bonding material
- The experience of the dentist performing the procedure
- Your lifestyle – smoking, using your teeth as tools, regularly eating hard foods as well as drinking staining beverages, such as coffee and red wine, can reduce the longevity of your dental bonding.
- Your oral hygiene habits
Is Dental Bonding Worth It?
When it comes to fixing cosmetic issues, there are other great options too, such as veneers. So, why would one opt for bonding?
Here are some advantages that this dental procedure brings:
- It’s a simple and fast procedure. It usually doesn’t take more than one appointment to apply the treatment and improve your smile.
- It looks and feels natural.
- Unlike veneers, where the dentist has to remove a thin layer of enamel to apply the treatment, with bonding your teeth will remain intact.
- A cost-effective way to enhance your smile.
Is Dental Bonding Right for Me?
The best way to find out is by scheduling an appointment with one of our dentists at Brett Blacher DDS.
Go to our website now, fill out the online contact form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.