Chipped or cracked tooth? Discoloration? Minor issue with misalignment on one or two teeth?
Resin bonding may be the solution.
Also called composite resin bonding, this dental treatment is a common choice to manage minor aesthetic issues.
What Is Resin Bonding for Teeth?
Resin bonding for teeth is the practice of applying a soft, tooth-colored material to a single tooth, shaping it to cover any chips or cracks and to look like a natural tooth, and letting it dry into that shape.
- Choose the right shade of resin so the bonded tooth matches the rest of your teeth.
- Prepare the tooth by making the surface a bit rough and then applying a liquid that makes the resin adhere to the tooth.
- Apply the resin bonding to the tooth. Then, mold and smooth the material so it looks like a tooth.
- Use a curing light to harden the resin and bond it to the tooth.
- Polish the resin materials so it looks like a natural tooth.
It takes about an hour to complete this process for each tooth.
What Are the Benefits of Resin Bonding?
In addition to covering stains and discoloration, chips, and cracks, resin bonding can make small teeth look larger or longer and change their shape if one or two stand out from the rest.
Additionally, it can also be used to fill cavities and to protect the roots of teeth when gum recession causes them to be exposed.
Are Resin Bonding & Veneers the Same Thing?
Veneers and resin bonding are very similar in purpose and effect, as both are used to reshape and cover teeth with minor cosmetic blemishes.
A big difference, however, is that while veneers are stain resistant, resin bonding can darken and stain over time.
Another difference is that very little enamel is removed when resin bonding is applied, unlike veneers. Because of this, veneers are not reversible. It will be necessary to have them for a lifetime. Resin bonding, on the other hand, is reversible.
How Long Does Resin Bonding Last?
Depending on the level of dental hygiene, resin bonding can last anywhere from 3 to 10 years. Regular flossing, brushing, and checkups can help to keep resin bonding strong.
Additionally, to avoid staining the bonding, it is recommended to stay away from dark drinks like coffee, red wine, and black teas. Avoid smoking, which can also stain teeth.
It’s important to note that resin bonding can be touched up without a full replacement.
Am I a Good Candidate for Resin Bonding?
If you have a couple of teeth that you would like to have fixed, call Dison Family Dentistry to set up an appointment and speak to a dentist about the best option for your needs.