Bonding is a dental method used to improve the aesthetics of a smile through the application of a plastic or resin material to the existing teeth. Little or none of the natural tooth is removed or filed down during the bonding process. The most common reasons for dental bonding are:
- Repairing chipped or cracked teeth
- Concealing discoloration
- Reducing gaps and spaces between teeth
The advantages of bonding include:
- It is a relatively quick process and usually requires only one appointment.
- Compared to other dental aesthetic treatments, it is relatively inexpensive.
- It does not usually require the removal or filing of any natural existing teeth.
- The color of your natural teeth can be matched fairly accurately since today’s bonding materials come in a wide variety of shades.
While bonding can be less expensive and time consuming that other treatments, it may not last as long as a more permanent solution like a crown or veneers. If you aren’t sure if bonding is right for you, come in for a consultation so that we can discuss all of the options available to you.
White Filling refers to what may be the most well-known dental method — replacing part of one’s natural tooth structure that is damaged or diminished due to decay or breakage with a filling material. In today’s modern dentistry, fillings are generally tooth-colored rather than the silver material that was prevalent in the past.
White fillings are a common method used with our patients, due to the fact that they can restore most of a tooth’s original shape, they fit fairly comfortably into the mouth/bite structure, and we can typically match the natural tooth’s color.