Dental bonding can be a great way to repair flaws on your smile. Dental bonding involves placing composite resin on the teeth, shaping it carefully and then hardening it by using a curing light. Although bonding is often times used for restorative purposes, it also has cosmetic value. Here is a look at when dental bonding may be a better option than alternatives.
Bonding can be used to repair broken teeth, fill decayed teeth or hide unsightly tooth stains. Cracked or chipped teeth can be covered by using veneers or crowns, but bonding can be preferable when expense and treatment time are concerns. Teeth that have internal stains or very heavy external stains can also be concealed with bonding. Our San Fernando Valley cosmetic dentist may recommend bonded fillings, since they are tooth colored and do not contain mercury. Finally, bonding can be an ideal treatment in a variety of situations for patients who cannot or will not undergo invasive procedures due to their poor healing capacity or other reasons.
Bonding can last for several years only if taken care of with daily home dental hygiene and regular checkups. If stains ever develop on the bonded areas, our expert in dental bonding in San Fernando Valley can remove the discolored portions and apply fresh bonding. Patients can schedule a consultation with our dentist to learn more about when bonding is preferable to alternatives.