Dental Bonding in Cary, NC
Poor hygiene, trauma, and genetics can all affect the appearance of your teeth. Dental bonding is an effective way to improve or restore a person’s smile while maintaining the original tooth structure. Bonding is a common procedure in which tooth-colored resin material is applied to a tooth and hardened to create a resilient “bond” between the resin and enamel. Dental bonding does not affect the function of your teeth, but instead improves the appearance of discolored, chipped, or ill-shaped teeth. Many times, dental bonding is also used as an alternative to silver amalgam fillings. Learn more about dental bonding and how it could help transform your smile.
Why Dental Bonding Is Used
Dental bonding is one of the simplest and most affordable cosmetic dental procedures available today. Typically, our dentist will use dental bonding to improve the appearance of your smile in just a single office visit. Bonding is most commonly used to:
- Improve the look of discolored teeth
- Repair cavities decayed teeth
- Fix broken or damaged teeth, including chips and cracks
- Close gaps in teeth
- Make teeth appear longer
- Alter the shape of teeth
- Protect an exposed tooth root caused by receding gums
The Dental Bonding Process
Dental bonding requires minimal preparation and usually does not involve the use of anesthesia unless the bonding material is being used to fill a decayed tooth. Using a shade guide, our dentist will select a color of composite resin that best matches your natural tooth color. Next, a conditioning liquid is applied to the tooth surface to roughen it up, which allows the resin to better adhere to the tooth surface.
The resin material is then molded onto the tooth into the desired size and shape. A special light is used to harden the resin. Finally, we’ll trim and polish the bonding material to create a natural look. On average, it takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes to complete one tooth. If you are undergoing dental bonding on numerous teeth, you may need to schedule multiple visits to complete your new smile.
Learn More About Dental Bonding
With regular dental visits and proper at-home care, dental bonds generally last an average of five to 10 years. Like your natural teeth, the resin material is susceptible to staining over time. Want to learn more about dental bonding or any of our other cosmetic dental procedures? Contact our dentist in Cary, NC today.