Bonding can be used as a cosmetic procedure for teeth that are “gappy” or have other slight imperfections affecting your smile. It can also be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked or discolored, and is an alternative to veneers.
A dental bonding visit typically lasts 30 to 60 minutes, during which:
- The tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid.
- Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape.
- The resin is then trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.
While dental bonding is quick, effective, cost-efficient, and most often a relatively easy appointment, it does have drawbacks and isn’t right for everyone.
Since the plastic resin used during dental bonding is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip or break than natural teeth. It typically lasts three to five years before repair is needed.
To determine if dental bonding is a good procedure to address your cosmetic dental concerns, contact us by phone (207) 782-5308 or by form!