Restorations such as dental bonding are used as an alternative to porcelain veneers and crowns. This material is far less costly and is done quickly, making it a wonderful option for patients interested in minor improvements to their smile’s aesthetic appearance. Dental bonding is performed with a special tooth-colored resin that is bonded to the tooth’s structure and then cured and hardened with an ultraviolet light. Bonding is done right in the dental office without the wait for dental restorations fabricated by the dental laboratory. The procedure involves less removal of tooth enamel than veneers and crowns, but it is less resistant to staining and doesn’t last nearly as long as the alternative solutions. This material is best for small touch-ups and aesthetic changes than for major smile rejuvenation.
How it’s done
Dental bonding is performed entirely in the dental office within an hour. Dr. Knight works with patients to determine what color the natural teeth are to pick a resin shade that matches. The tooth is prepared with the roughening of the surface to help the resin bond better with the tooth structure. Liquid condition is applied and then the resin is placed onto the tooth. It is cured with the ultraviolet light and then shaped and polished to look just like the natural tooth enamel.