A single flawed tooth can have drag down the overall quality of your smile. A tooth that has suffered physical damage can have its appearance adversely affected. A misshapen tooth can disrupt the uniformity of your smile. If you are upset with the appearance of a single tooth, or a few teeth, you may be a good candidate for dental bonding. Dental bonding gives your dentist a means to address cosmetic problems without resorting to more involved processes, like attaching porcelain veneers, or placing a dental crown over an affected tooth.
How Does Dental Bonding Work?
Your dentist uses a composite resin material to cover your tooth, and hide its flaws. The resin can be shaped and colored to fit in among your natural teeth. The bonding can cover any flaws or gaps. The process can be completed in a single visit, with a special curing light used to harden the resin for a strong bond.
Who Benefits From Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is commonly used to fix the appearance of a tooth that has suffered physical damage. The resin can cover any unsightly cracks or chips, and can be used to hide a tooth that has been discolored. An unusually small or misshapen tooth can have its appearance improved with dental bonding.
Alternatives To Dental Bonding
If your tooth is too damaged from physical trauma, bonding may not be enough to restore it. If the damage is too severe for bonding, your dentist can use a dental crown. A dental crown completely covers a tooth to the gum line, and can be constructed of material that looks like a natural tooth, while offering the equivalent function of the healthy tooth.