When patients come in with dental concerns, there’s often multiple options for how to treat them. For the sake of the patient, we always try and determine the least invasive treatment that will fix the problem. Dental bonding is such a treatment.
Although it’s very simple, bonding is able to repair a wide range of dental problems that would otherwise require a more extensive treatment such as veneers or a dental crown. Discover why bonding is often the least invasive treatment for fixing cracks in your smile.
What is Dental Bonding?
Bonding involves using a putty-like resin to repair and reshape the tooth. The color is chosen to match the natural color of your teeth, and a high-intensity light is typically used to harden the resin.
How Does Dental Bonding Work?
- The first step is a consultation where Dr. Crawford will answer your questions.
- After choosing the right color, he’ll smooth the area and apply a conditioning liquid.
- Once it’s prepared, Dr. Crawford will apply and mold the tooth-colored resin.
- Using a high-intensity light, we’ll harden the resin in place.
Common Uses for Dental Bonding
Bonding is typically used for patients who have cracked, discolored, or misshapen teeth. Veneers or crowns may be used to treat those conditions as well, but bonding is often considered the fastest and simplest solution. In some cases, bonding may be used in combination with another treatment.
Pros and Cons of Dental Bonding
Every dental procedure has advantages and disadvantages, and knowing them helps us to choose the best course of action for your treatment plan.
Pros of Dental Bonding
- Minimally invasive approach compared to veneers or crowns
- Bonding involves little to no pain
- Bonding is less expensive than veneers
Cons of Dental Bonding
- Bonding material isn’t as strong as veneers
- Final appearance depends on the dentist’s skill level
- Bonding doesn’t last as long as veneers
Learn More Today – Visit our Lansing Dentist
Bonding can solve a lot of problems for patients with dental damage, but it’s not ideal for every patient. If you’re wondering whether dental bonding is the solution to your oral health problems, we can help you consider your options. If bonding isn’t ideal, then overlays, veneers, or crowns may work better. Contact our office in Lansing, Michigan and make an appointment. Dr. Crawford will walk you through your treatment options and help you find the perfect solution for your smile.