If you have chipped or discolored teeth then cosmetic bonding may be the solution for you. The composite resins used in bonding are constantly being improved in terms of strength and durability. Bonding is perfect for those who need a quick fix to a chipped or broken tooth or those who want a shorter and more inexpensive ‘temporary’ fix before they eventually get porcelain restorations. Bonding is also perfect for young children who have broken teeth. Honolulu cosmetic dentist Dr. Tony Kim can let you know if you’re a good candidate for cosmetic bonding.
Here is a before and after of some cosmetic bonding to repair a chipped tooth. The chip is not large but it does detract from the smile because it’s in the front of the visible zone when smiling. With proper shade selection and special layering techniques it’s possible to have great cosmetic results.
- Dental bonding involves using composite resin to accomplish similar results to porcelain veneers.
- It is more conservative for the tooth and requires less tooth reduction. This is the primary benefit of cosmetic bonding (composite veneers).
- Can be beautiful but requires special techniques to make it look realistic. It’s a difficult procedure to do well and many dentists may be hesitant to do these restorations due to the difficulty level.
- A major drawback is the longevity versus porcelain veneers. Resin can stain and change color over time and can lose its shine and luster much more quickly than porcelain restorations.
- There are definite benefits and drawbacks to resin versus porcelain so a consultation is probably the best option to find out which is best for you.
- The cost of bonding is less than porcelain restorations and is usually accomplished in one visit. However, for large pieces of missing teeth then it may take two or more visits to finish the bonding.
Here is a video on some basics of cosmetic bonding:
Steps for Cosmetic Bonding
- After getting the tooth anesthetized, the tooth is minimally prepared. Because the resin bonds most strongly to enamel, the bonding is extended onto the enamel on the tooth surface.
- The tooth is then etched and then bonding agent placed. The bonding agent is light cured with a special curing light.
- Composite resin is then added layer by layer to achieve the desired look. After each addition of resin, the curing light is used.
- After final curing, the restoration is smoothed and the bite adjusted for comfort.
There are times when bonding is a perfect solution and others when a porcelain restoration may be better. Make sure you ask to see which option is best for you. Contact the office to make an appointment for a free consultation.