Chicago Cosmetic Dentist Answers Dental Bonding Questions

How can dental bonding improve my smile?

Cosmetic bonding can hide several imperfections, using composite resin to cover the entire front side of your tooth. Dental bonding corrects smile issues including:

  • Light staining
  • Unsightly chips
  • Embarrassing gaps
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Jagged tooth edges
  • Small teeth

What are the benefits of dental bonding?

Since dental bonding is made from more economical material, it is less expensive than porcelain veneers, which cover many of the same smile issues. The composite resin is the same substance used for tooth-colored fillings. Composite resin starts in a liquid form which is dyed to match the coloration of your smile and shaped on top of your tooth. Some porcelain veneers must be made in a lab or fabricated using a machine, a process which is more time consuming and expensive than the dental bonding procedure.

Additionally, since dental bonding does not have to be fabricated before placement, your smile makeover can be completed in one visit. The process includes dying and color matching the composite resin, placing the liquid on top of the tooth, and shaping it to meet your smile desires. Once Dr. Fondriest shapes the composite resin, he will use a curing light to harden the material.

Can dental bonding be whitened?

Unfortunately, dental bonding cannot be whitened. The composite resin will not react ideally to any bleaching method. If you would like whiter teeth with your dental bonding restoration, Dr. Fondriest suggests teeth whitening prior to bonding placement. The composite resin can be dyed to match your whiter smile after our convenient and safe at-home whitening treatment.

What if I have bruxism?

Special considerations for bonding include the resilience of the restoration. While dental bonding can last for several years, it does not hold up to as much pressure as porcelain veneers. If you suffer from bruxism, or teeth grinding, dental bonding may not be a good choice for you. The composite resin may chip or break under the extreme pressure of bruxism. Ask Dr. Fondriest about your options for treating bruxism and TMJ disorder, and a more durable alternative to dental bonding like porcelain veneers.

Dr. James Fondriest understands that a crooked smile, stained teeth, or an embarrassing gap can cause you to hide your true self. At Lake Forest Dental Arts we can help you achieve your smile’s true potential. Contact our office at 847-234-0517 to schedule an appointment.

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