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Dental Bonding

What is Bonding?

If you have chips, cracks or gaps in your teeth, a simple procedure called bonding may improve your smile.

Bonding is the general term describing several procedures that use tooth-colored materials to correct tooth defects. Each of these techniques involves attaching a plastic or porcelain-like material to the tooth surface. Bonding is popular because it’s natural looking and cost effective.

Affordable Tooth Restoration

Bonding is often used to close gaps, repair chips and some cracks, protect exposed tooth roots, and restore decayed teeth.

Dental bonding is a procedure that utilizes a composite resin (tooth-colored material) to cover flaws in your teeth. A thin coating of bonding agent (dental adhesive) is applied to the surface of your tooth. Dr. Smilovits will then sculpt, color and shape the material to provide a pleasing result. A high-intensity light hardens the composite material and the surface is finely polished.

Because bonding material is not as strong as natural tooth enamel, extra care is needed to maintain bonded teeth. Avoid foods and drinks that stain or are highly acidic such as coffee, tea or even some fruit juices. A good alternative for bonding can be porcelain veneers, which are stronger, don’t stain and don’t wear.

Dental Bonding, Veneers or Crowns?

For some of the above situations, veneers and crowns can be better solutions for cosmetic work than dental bonding. Dental bonding is usually a less expensive solution but does not resist stains as well as crowns or porcelain veneers and is not as strong. Dr. Smilovits can examine your teeth and discuss with you your objectives and your budget and help you decide which option will work best for you.

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