What Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that uses material similar to composite fillings to improve the appearance of your smile. The material starts as a soft putty. After lightly etching your teeth to improve the bond, your dentist will apply the composite. They will shape the putty to achieve the desired appearance and then use a curing light to harden the material. A final polishing helps bonding achieve a tooth-like luster.

What Can Dental Bonding Do for You?

Dental bonding is a flexible cosmetic dentistry technique that can achieve many of the same effects as porcelain veneers, although it doesn’t do them as well. With dental bonding, we can:

  • Brighten teeth
  • Repair teeth
  • Reshape teeth
  • Lengthen teeth
  • Straighten teeth
  • Close gaps in your smile
  • Straighten teeth
  • Close gaps in your smile
  • Brighten teeth
  • Repair teeth
  • Reshape teeth
  • Lengthen teeth

Applying a thin layer of bonding to your teeth can help your smile look brighter.

More often, we use dental bonding to alter your teeth. We can repair chips, cracks, and wear. We can also reshape teeth and build them up for more length. Sometimes, we can reshape teeth to help them look straighter. Often, we find that this is a good way to close gaps in your smile.

Benefits and Limitations

Dental bonding is a useful cosmetic dentistry technique, but it’s not always the best choice in every situation. Understanding the benefits and limitations of dental bonding can help you decide if it’s right for you.

Benefits of Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is popular because it offers some important benefits. Dental bonding is:

  • Versatile
  • Quick
  • Inexpensive
  • Reversible
  • Inexpensive
  • Reversible
  • Versatile
  • Quick

Dental bonding is almost as versatile as porcelain veneers. It can do many of the same things as veneers. However, it’s faster than veneers. We don’t have to prepare your teeth or send impressions to a lab. Instead, we can perform the procedure in our office with just one appointment. In addition, dental bonding is less expensive than veneers.

Finally, because dental bonding doesn’t require any modifications to your teeth other than a light etching to help it stick, you can remove the bonding and return to your old smile if you want.

Limitations of Dental Bonding

However, dental bonding does have significant limitations that mean we don’t always want to rely on it. Dental bonding results:

  • Look less natural
  • Are vulnerable to staining
  • Aren’t as durable
  • Are vulnerable to staining
  • Look less natural
  • Aren’t as durable

Dental bonding doesn’t have the same natural appearance that veneers can achieve. With good polish, bonding can achieve this natural appearance for a short time, but with time and wear, the polish fades, and the material doesn’t look as attractive.

In addition, bonding doesn’t repel stains as well as veneers do. This means that they can become even more discolored than your natural teeth and may not respond to whitening as well.

Finally, the bonding material is not as strong and tough as veneers. The material is more prone to chipping, cracking, and wear, so your results won’t last as long. We expect bonding results to last up to a few years.

Many people try out a new smile for a fraction of the cost, then when bonding begins to lose its attractiveness or breaks, they can decide if they want veneers or if they just want to return to their old smile.

Man smiling after receiving a dental bonding

Why See a Prosthodontist

Dental bonding is very sensitive to your choice of dentist. You need to work with a dentist who understands the benefits and limitations of bonding material, how to effectively use bonding, and how to achieve the best cosmetic results.

Prosthodontists have extensive training in dental materials and gain considerable experience in using all restorations, including direct restorations like dental bonding. A prosthodontist gives you the best odds of getting good results with dental bonding.

Looking for the right Dental Solution in Torrance, CA?

If you are looking for a quick, inexpensive way to repair or improve the appearance of your smile, we have the right solution for you. The specialist cosmetic dentists at South Bay Prosthodontics can help you get great results.

Please call (310) 378-9261 or use our online form today to request an appointment at our Torrance, CA dental office.