A chip, crack, or other imperfection in even just a single tooth can affect the appearance of your entire smile. If you find yourself hiding your teeth or are embarrassed about the appearance of your smile, dental bonding can be a fast, affordable, and effective way of restoring both the appearance and function of your teeth. At Cannon Dental in Salt Lake City, UT, Dr. Cannon blends artistry and skill in this chairside service to help you feel confident about your smile again.
How dental composite bonding works
Dental bonding is performed with a tooth-colored composite resin material that is shaded to match the rest of your teeth for a seamless appearance. First, Dr. Cannon lightly etches the surface of the tooth so that the composite resin can form a secure bond with the tooth. Then, Dr. Cannon places composite resin onto the tooth and sculpts it into an ideal shape, then hardens it with a specialized curing light. After it has set, Dr. Cannon refines the finish by trimming, smoothing, and polishing it for a beautiful end result. Patients choose dental bonding because it:
- Can be done in a single visit
- Is less costly than porcelain veneers
- Requires less of your natural tooth to be removed than other types of restorations or cosmetic alterations
Why dental bonding might be recommended
Patients choose dental bonding for a variety of reasons. Dental bonding can be a more affordable and conservative option than porcelain veneers for patients who want to hide or fix imperfections in their teeth, such as:
- Gaps between teeth
- Permanently discolored teeth
- Teeth that are smaller or differently shaped
While composite resin is a durable material, it is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel or porcelain crowns or veneers, and therefore is more susceptible to issues such as staining or breaking. As a result, it is important to avoid chewing on hard objects, such as ice or pencils, and to ask about a mouthguard to protect your teeth if you clench and grind your teeth while you sleep. Most patients can expect dental bonding to last from between three to five years before repairs are needed.
Schedule your consultation
If you are interested in learning more about teeth bonding for gaps, discolorations, chips, or other functional or cosmetic issues with your teeth, call Cannon Dental today! Our Salt Lake City, UT office serves patients from the Holladay, Bountiful, West Valley, and surrounding communities and can be reached at (801) 406-9985.