When we really use a lot of tooth bindings, especially with kids, a lot of times we'll use it. Sometimes they might have a tooth that comes in in their front that's smaller than it should. I'll work in conjunction with the orthodontist, they create the space, take everything up, I kind of bond it in, knowing that later on we might do something more permanent like a veneer or a crown. Ultimately I really don't like placing crowns on kids until they're at least18 to 21, just because at that age, and before that age, teeth are still erupting, they're still moving. When you place a crown or a veneer on a child that's younger than that it's going to potentially change to where all of the sudden they're going to have to replace sooner than they otherwise wood.
With bonding a lot of times it's an immediate fix so that someone just fell or got hit with something and they snapped a part of their tooth off, you can do some bonding and a lot of times that can be a permanent, semi-permanent restoration. A lot of that depends on how big the chip was, how much of the tooth was missing, what that particular patient uses their teeth for, whether they use them to open bags with or, like a lot of Doritos and Beef Jerky, bondings don't tend to work as well.
As far as closing spaces in between, especially when spaces are minimal, it's a nice conservative way to make teeth look more aesthetically pleasing, created curves, close spaces, increase contour. Many times that's the way to go instead of doing something more involved like a veneer. When that usually tends to be the case is when the color, the shade of the tooth is already, it's nice. In other words we're not trying to alter the color. We're just trying to close some spaces a re-contour, then bondings work nicely.
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What Is Tooth Bonding Used For?
Tooth bonding uses a special tooth-colored material to fill in imperfections on your teeth. Tooth bonding can correct:
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Stained teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Misshapen teeth
Additionally, if your gums have receded and exposed your tooth roots, or if parts of your teeth lack the right amount of enamel, we can use this material to help protect your teeth as well.
What Material Is Used With Tooth Bonding?
Tooth bonding uses a nontoxic, composite resin that is identical to the material used in our tooth-colored dental fillings. Your dentist, Dr. Laos or Dr. Yoshikane, will carefully apply the resin and shape it so your teeth look natural and smooth.
How Does Tooth Bonding Differ From Teeth Contouring?
Teeth contouring can also be used to smooth out your teeth. However, there are two important differences between teeth contouring and tooth bonding:
- Contouring uses a special dental laser to carefully remove thin amounts of the enamel to smooth the surface of your tooth.
- Because tooth bonding adds a tooth-colored resin to your teeth, it changes their color to a more natural, whiter shade. Contouring does not affect the color of your teeth.
How Does Tooth Bonding Compare To Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are ultra-thin but strong shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front of your teeth to correct flaws. But tooth bonding does have some advantages.
Our dentists can control how much resin to put on your tooth. If you have one minor problem, it might not make sense to cover the whole tooth. Tooth bonding is also more affordable than veneers, though it can be more susceptible to staining.