Dentist Longview, WA
While it is important for your teeth to function properly, it is also important that they look great. At Cascade Dental Care, we use the latest in cosmetic dentistry practices to keep your smile looking great. If you do not love your smile as much as you should, we can help. We offer many forms of cosmetic dental care, such as dental bonding.
What Is Bonding?
Dental bonding, also called tooth bonding, is a cosmetic dental procedure to repair minor damage to your teeth. Our professionals use a soft, malleable resin to complete a dental bonding procedure. This resin is affixed to the damaged area of your tooth.
After the bonding is placed on the damaged tooth, our team will mold and shape the bonding to fit your tooth. They will then polish the bonding to match the shade of your existing teeth. Once the bonding is molded and polished, our professional will utilize a special light to harden the bonding.
When Is Bonding Used?
Bonding is primarily used to address minor tooth damage and other cosmetic issues. It is a painless and fast procedure. It is also a very cost-effective procedure when compared to other, more substantial cosmetic undertakings.
A common use of bonding is to fill minor gaps between teeth. If you have a minor gap between your teeth but do not have enough discrepancies to warrant braces or other orthodontic procedures, bonding may be an effective option. One of our professionals can apply bonding to the gap and eliminate an oversized gap in one visit.
What Are the Benefits of Tooth Bonding?
Bonding has many benefits. One of the most commonly cited benefits is the quick and painless nature of the procedure. The installation of bonding does not require our team to make any substantial modifications to your existing teeth. The bonding is simply placed on the procedure area and molded to fit.
Bonding is also more cost-effective than some other restorative procedures. For example, if you have damage to a tooth that does not affect its strength or function, our team may recommend bonding instead of a crown or onlay. Unlike crowns, the bonding procedure does not require multiple visits.
Bonding does have two minor downsides. The first negative of bonding is that it is not very resistant to stains and discoloration. The bonded area of your tooth may stain more easily than your natural teeth, which makes regular cleanings even more important.
The second downside to bonding is that it is not as durable as other restorative and cosmetic options. Dental bonding will typically last four to eight years. In comparison, a crown will last up to 15 years.
The good news is that dental bonding can quickly be repaired in the event it breaks or cracks. Because dental bonding is attached to the enamel of your tooth, you generally will not experience any discomfort while waiting for your bonding to be repaired.
Our team at Cascade Dental Care can help with all of your cosmetic dental needs. If you have a damaged tooth or need us to correct spacing concerns to give you the best smile possible, contact us at 360-916-4200 today.