Dental Bonding Procedures in Fairfax, VA
Wondering what dental bonding is and if it is right for you? We offer dental bonding, in our Fairfax, VA office. Dental bonding is the procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material is applied and hardened with a special light. This will ultimately “bond” the material to the tooth to restore or improve a person’s smile.
What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Bonding?
Advantages: Of all the Cosmetic Dental Procedures, dental bonding is one the easiest and least expensive. Dental bonding can usually be done in the office and in one visit, unlike crowns and veneers which are manufactured in a lab and are more costly. Bonding also offers the advantage of having the least amount of tooth enamel being removed, compared to crowns and veneers. Another advantage is that anesthesia is usually not required, unless dental bonding is being performed to fill a cavity.
Disadvantages: Although the material used in dental bonding is somewhat stain resistant, it does not resist stains as well as crowns. Another disadvantage is the bonding materials don’t last as long. They aren’t as strong as other restorative procedures, such as crowns, veneers, or fillings. Additionally, bonding materials can chip and break off the tooth.
Under What Conditions Are Dental Bondings Considered an Option?
Dental bonding is an option that can be considered:
- To repair decayed teeth
- To repair chipped or cracked teeth
- To improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- To close spaces between teeth
- To make teeth look longer
- To change the shape of teeth
- As a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
- To protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede