Cosmetic bonding is a way that a dentist can help fix flaws and other problems in your teeth. Most people are unaware of this innovative technology that has existed since the 1960s. It takes advantage of a resin that only dries in certain conditions to correct an issue with teeth.
Bonding is a relatively old procedure in dentistry that has a lot of practice and understanding behind it. The following are some interesting facts about dental bonding and its benefits in general.
It Dries with Light
The special resin that is used for this procedure is made so it will be sensitive to a special light and heat. After the dentist has applied and shaped the resin to the specific dimensions of the tooth, they will use a wand that emits a blue light and place it in your mouth.
A common misconception about these “curing” lights is that they emit UV rays. While this was true years ago, modern materials do not need UV rays to harden. Unlike a black light, the new curing lights are safe and only react with the resin. Due to the intensity of the light however, it is recommended that you avoid looking directly at it.
It Has a Wide Variety of Uses
Most of the time, you may experience the bonding in the form of dental fillings that are used to fix cavities. In reality, cosmetic bonding can be used for all sorts of reasons, ranging from practical to superficial. The most common type of bonding has to do with changing the structure of the teeth.
For example, if your tooth is chipped or the spacing is incorrect, dental bonding can be used to make your tooth look normal again and evenly spaced. The best part is that they act like a normal part of a tooth and can even resist discoloring.
It Is a Cost-effective and Conservative Alternative
Crowns and veneers are expensive porcelain inserts that have to be shaped according to the specifics of your teeth. In addition, the teeth themselves have to be shaped or removed completely in order to support the structure of the veneer or crown. These different dental implants can come in one whole piece, and they are more expensive in general—as well as more labor-intensive.
Cosmetic bonding is simpler in that it only requires a specially shaped resin and light to dry the resin itself. The dentist can do the procedure all in the same visit, and it can even be done without needing anesthetic. Best of all, the material is cheaper and easier to use, which reduces the cost in comparison to other methods.
Our teeth are not all that fragile and often resist the most damaging elements thanks to the strong bone structure. Despite their strength, they still weaken over time, and, more often than not, they are affected by accidents such as biting down on something hard or accidentally bumping into something. When this happens, cosmetic bonding can be used to help recreate the tooth and strengthen the weakened parts.