August 11, 2017
It’s amazing how far dentistry has come in the last few decades. Modern technology allows Dr. Hanson and our team at Oregon Smile Care Center to restore and beautify smiles in life-changing ways every single day.
You can go from a toothless smile to a full set of strong, natural-looking dental implants and restorations. You can go from slippery, uncomfortable dentures to more secure, longer lasting implant-supported dentures. You can straighten your teeth in about a year’s time with Invisalign rather than endure two or more years of traditional metal braces.
These only scratch the surface of the transformative procedures available in modern dentistry. But not every smile flaw requires that kind of investment, in time or money, in fact. Tooth bonding has been around for many, many years and remains a staple in cosmetic dentistry for a prettier smile.
Tooth bonding is a simple, fast, and effective way to not only repair minor damage to your teeth, but to give you an overall enhanced smile. What kind of minor damage are we talking about? Let’s take a look!
Tooth bonding, also referred to as composite bonding, is a quick, affordable way to give you a prettier smile with minimal time, money, or effort. It’s where Dr. Hanson applies a tooth-colored resin to your teeth and then shapes and polishes the resin for a smooth, restored surface.
Although you may often find tooth bonding categorized under cosmetic dentistry, it’s also used quite commonly as a restorative measure to correct minor damage. Here are a few of the reasons Dr. Hanson might use tooth bonding to restore your smile:
Repair A Chipped Tooth
You’ve probably heard your dentist tell you before that teeth aren’t tools. You should never try to bite down on hard objects to remove them, open them, or shape them for any reason. That may sound absurd, but sometimes we use our teeth as tools and probably don’t even realize it. Ever tried to use your teeth to quickly break the plastic piece that attaches price tags to clothes when a pair of scissors wasn’t handy?
Even when you don’t use your teeth as tools, just biting down on hard foods like a popcorn kernel, a bone, or chewing on ice cubes can put your teeth at risk for injury.
When things like this chip your teeth, tooth bonding is an effective solution, provided that the chips are fairly small. The composite resin is an incredibly strong material and is often just the right amount of coverage and protection a chipped tooth needs.
Seal A Cracked Tooth
You could crack a tooth in the same ways we just mentioned, or you could be the victim of a sports related injury to the mouth. Athletic mouthguards are a great way to prevent damage to your teeth when you fall or get hit during a game, but if you don’t wear one, you could suffer the consequence, such as with a crack in your tooth.
Letting a crack in your tooth go untreated isn’t an option if you want to keep the rest of your teeth safe and healthy. Bad bacteria in your mouth can seep through cracks as they expand over time, which could lead to infection and all sorts of other dental problems.
Tooth bonding can be used to seal the crack so the tooth looks better again and is at less risk for serious oral health problems down the road.
Reshape A Tooth
It would be wonderful if all of our adult teeth came in looking the same in color, size, and shape. But that’s just not how it works, unfortunately. If you have a small tooth that draws attention to itself because of its size compared to your other teeth, tooth bonding is a great solution.
Dr. Hanson could use the resin to add size to your tooth and give it a shape that’s more aesthetically matched to the rest of your teeth.
Fill Small Gaps In Your Smile
If you have large gaps, veneers would be a more suitable option. But for small gaps between your teeth, bonding could do the trick. If you’ve had braces before, you probably went years without any gaps, but as you age, your teeth may have shifted enough to reveal small spaces. Tooth bonding fills those gaps easily and effectively.