Dental bonding is a great choice when you wish for an effective but minimally invasive method of improving your smile. Cosmetic dental bonding is one of the most commonly recommended cosmetic procedures for addressing minor issues affecting the smile. Bonding a tooth is the process of applying a tooth-colored composite resin, which is the same material used in tooth-colored fillings, directly to the tooth. Once applied to the tooth, your dentist will shape, harden, and polish the resin to create a natural-looking and more structurally sound tooth. Bonding can be the best choice if your tooth is intrinsically stained, chipped, or cracked.
#1 Deep, Internal Stains
External teeth stains, known as extrinsic discoloration, can typically be removed with a whitening treatment. However, if a tooth is internally discolored, which is known as intrinsic discoloration, the stains may not be removed from the outside of the tooth. Bonding may be a more effective solution for discoloration within the tooth. The bonding resin can be color-matched to blend in with the rest of your smile.
#2 A Chipped Tooth or Other Issues
A chipped edge on a tooth can make the structure weaker causing the tooth to be susceptible to further breakage. For small chips, the tooth can be repaired with tooth bonding. Just like with tooth-colored fillings, composite bonding can restore your tooth’s surface to create a strong protective shield for the inside of your tooth. If you have cosmetic issues like a a tooth that is smaller than the rest, a small gap, or more, bonding can also address these issues.
#3 Protection For a Crack
A cracked tooth can pose a serious threat to the integrity of your tooth. If the crack is limited to just the tooth’s outer layer of enamel, it may be addressed with a dental bonding treatment. However, if the crack has exposed any inner areas of your tooth to the elements, you may require endodontic treatment to disinfect the inside of the tooth.
Is dental bonding right for your smile?
Talk to Dr. Jing if you think bonding can help your tooth. Did you know that all of our patients are eligible for a free 30-minute, in-house teeth whitening? To schedule a consultation, contact one of our offices closest to you in Fort Worth, TX, at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive. Our Benbrook office is now open, call 817-349-7860.