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Not every visit to the dentist takes place because of a dental emergency. Sometimes you simply want to improve your smile! While there are a few different options for fixing cracked and chipped teeth, dental bonding is one of the most popular and affordable. Our experienced team is happy to speak with you about your goals with dental bonding and how we can make them a reality. Please visit our office at Henricksen Family Dental to speak with our dental professionals and start your restoration journey.
Dental Bonding Overview
Dental bonding refers to a cosmetic treatment where composite resin is bonded to your teeth. This is often done to address misshapen or superficially damaged teeth that are otherwise healthy and is a simple, straightforward procedure. A dentist will find the right resin to match your tooth and carefully bond it to your teeth, shaping it to blend in and present a unified appearance with the rest of your smile. This process requires little preparation and rarely requires even local anesthesia.
Advantages of Dental Bonding
There are both advantages and disadvantages to opting for dental bonding. The first, and likely most important for many people, the advantage is cost. Dental bonding is very affordable, and if you are hoping for a dental option to restore or shape your teeth without opting for porcelain veneers or crowns, it might be the best option.
Another advantage of dental bonding is the time involved in the process. Because it doesn’t require much, if any, tooth removal, dental bonding can be completed in a single visit. Bonding multiple teeth in a single appointment is not uncommon, and since it is not an invasive procedure, you can return to your everyday life as quickly as possible.
Disadvantages of Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is a great fit for many people, but it is important to understand its disadvantages before you make a decision. While bonding is very affordable, it is not particularly stain-resistant. Over time, the resin will become discolored and potentially require repair or replacement. Additionally, dental bonds are not quite as durable as veneers and crowns. That does not mean they are not strong - they can last for quite a while when cared for properly. But they are more prone to breakage than other options.
Quick and Easy
In addition to the advantages and disadvantages discussed above, there is one demographic that is almost always better-served by dental bonds than other restoration options. Children are not known for their patience, and the quick and easy bonding process makes restoring chipped teeth as easy as possible on them. There is no pain and minimal preparation, too, so they will not have to sit through loud noises. If your child is in need of superficial tooth repair, bonding might be a perfect choice.
Dental bonding is an affordable cosmetic option that is quick and easy to complete. If you need a dental bond or would like to discuss your restoration options, please give us a call at (360) 740-2119 or visit our office at Henricksen Family Dental.