What Is Bonding?
Bonding is the method that your dentist will use to fix the more minor issues that you may face including teeth that are only slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked. The most desirable feature of bonding is that it comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades that can be made to match the color of your natural teeth. This white filling is used to repair minor stains, chips, and slightly crooked teeth. This treatment is a very effective way to make small restorations at a minimum cost and a maximum aesthetic appeal.
This same white filling is also very useful for filling cavities. The silver amalgam that was regularly used in the past has a couple of disadvantages. First, the silver is far more noticeable and much less aesthetically pleasing. Also, the silver has been known to have serious problems with cracking. Some patients will choose to use bonding on more visible teeth and the less expensive silver fillings on less visible teeth. Silver fillings may also be a good choice for “baby teeth” that will be falling out eventually.
Bonding has become a popular treatment for several specific reasons:
- It is very natural looking
- It is a cheaper alternative than other cosmetic treatment options
- It can often be carried out in one office visit
- In the event that bonding breaks or chips, it is usually easy to repair
- It bonds with your natural teeth with a far stronger bond than was once possible
- It is often beneficial for those who may have silver fillings from years past to replace those silver fillings with bonding. This can help you avoid some of the problems associated with silver fillings and give your smile a more aesthetically pleasing look.