Dental bonding is a conservative cosmetic treatment used to conceal a range of flaws and help create a beautiful smile in just one office visit. This affordable procedure can be performed on its own or in combination with other cosmetic treatments, and can be precisely color-matched for a brilliant, balanced smile. At our office serving Chicago, IL, Dr. Robert W. Hessberger offers a wide array of cosmetic procedures to help our patients achieve the smile they desire.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is used in both restorative and cosmetic procedures. The same high-grade composite resin material used for dental fillings is also used to camouflage minor imperfections such as chips, cracks, and discoloration. Dental bonding provides patients with dramatic aesthetic results and can typically be performed in under one hour.
Dental Bonding Treatment Process
The dental bonding procedure is straightforward and non-invasive and does not usually require local anesthesia. Using a tooth shade guide, Dr. Hessberger will choose a color that will blend in seamlessly with your surrounding teeth. The surface of your tooth will be roughened with dental etch, a slightly acidic dental material. This is necessary to ensure that the composite resin will adhere successfully. Once the tooth is prepared, Dr. Hessberger will carefully apply the dental bonding material. Once the composite resin is in place, it will be cured with a special dental lamp to help the material harden. After smoothing out any rough edges, Dr. Hessberger will check your bite and make any necessary final adjustments. Patients who receive dental bonding at our practice can enjoy their new smile as soon as they leave our office.
Dental bonding is used in both restorative and cosmetic procedures. The same high-grade composite resin material used for dental fillings is also used to camouflage minor imperfections such as chips, cracks, and discoloration.
What Can Be Addressed with Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is incredibly versatile, and is commonly used in a variety of procedures. Some of the cosmetic flaws that can be addressed with bonding include:
- Chipped Teeth: Accidents, falls, and sporting injuries are just some of the ways teeth can become chipped. Even the smallest chip can compromise the structure of a tooth, leaving it vulnerable to further damage. Bonding can reinforce a tooth and improve the aesthetics of your smile.
- Spacing or Gaps: Bonding can be used to fill in spaces between the teeth, reducing the gaps or eliminating them altogether.
- Tooth Discoloration: Dental bonding is an excellent way to brighten stained teeth that do not respond to professional teeth whitening.
- Fractured Teeth: Chewing on hard foods, teeth grinding, or traumatic injury can lead to fractured teeth. Dental bonding can conceal cracks and strengthen the teeth to prevent further damage.
- Minor Misalignment: Teeth that are slightly crooked can be addressed with dental bonding. By strategically applying composite resin to a misaligned tooth, it can give the illusion that it is flush against the adjacent teeth.
- Misshapen Teeth: Bonding can effectively change the size or shape of a tooth, adding height or width as necessary. This can give the smile a more symmetrical appearance.
Dental Bonding vs Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are another effective treatment for correcting the cosmetic flaws listed above. However, many patients choose dental bonding over veneers for several reasons. Dental bonding:
- Is more affordable
- Can provide the same aesthetic results as porcelain veneers
- Does not require the removal of tooth enamel
- Can be reversed later on if necessary
Many of our patients enjoy the convenience of dental bonding. Because the treatment is minimally invasive and conservative, it is an excellent choice for people with busy schedules.
Schedule a Consultation with Us
To learn more about dental bonding or other cosmetic procedures, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hessberger. You can call our office at (773) 792-5562 or contact us online to book your consultation.