Chipping a tooth or cracking a tooth by biting something the wrong way or crunching something extra hard, like ice, is pretty common. Though most people think it won’t happen unless they are injured or in an accident, the truth is that chipped and cracked teeth can happen pretty easily.
The good news is that repairing a cracked or chipped tooth is relatively simple.
Applying bonding to a tooth means that you can cover up any cosmetic flaws on a tooth quickly and simply. You can even use bonding to lengthen a tooth that is a bit shorter than the rest.
What Is Teeth Bonding?
Teeth bonding, also called dental bonding or composite bonding, refers to the application of a composite resin to the surface of the tooth. Applied directly to the enamel and matched in color to the coloring of the surrounding teeth, it is possible for dental bonding to blend in completely.
Teeth bonding steps include the following:
- Choose a resin color that matches the patient’s other teeth.
- Mix the resin.
- Roughen the surface of the teeth to which bonding will be applied for better adhesion.
- Apply the resin to the tooth surface.
- Mold the resin so it looks like a natural tooth.
- Dry the resin with a UV light.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Bonding?
Most people choose dental bonding because they don’t like the look of a cracked or chipped tooth, but this damage can impact the health of the tooth if not taken care of quickly.
Cracks can deepen, exposing a nerve, and chipped teeth can get further damaged too. If dental bonding is applied to the surface of the tooth, it can stop the problem from worsening and creating serious dental issues that require invasive treatment.
Should I Get My Teeth Bonded?
The choice between bonding teeth or another option like porcelain veneers is personal. It should be a decision you make with your dentist after they see the issues you are trying to repair. Depending on your situation, you may be a candidate for dental bonding, another step may be required first, or another solution may be recommended.
Bonding front teeth is something that requires special care from a dentist. Because they are the front window of your smile, it is important to make sure that dental bonding on front teeth is done by a dentist who is experienced in the process.
Find Out if You Would Benefit From Dental Bonding
If you would like to learn more about how to address cracks and chips on your teeth or other cosmetic issues, contact Dison Family Dentistry today. We can set up your initial consultation. We’ll work with you to create a comprehensive treatment plan to repair your smile and protect your teeth and gums in the future.