Cosmetic Bonding

What is cosmetic bonding?

Bonding is an alternative to porcelain restorations. Dr. Homonnay uses a composite resin material and contours it to fit a cracked, chipped or discolored tooth. It is generally for small areas of minimal change but is a conservative approach to fixing your teeth.

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How does cosmetic bonding work?

Your tooth is prepared by lightly roughening up the surface, followed by etching the tooth and placing a liquid resin on it. Once the liquid resin is dried the bonding material can adhere to the tooth. It is shaped and contoured to give your tooth a natural appearance. Shade matching is of utmost importance and is our priority. Bonding can be an excellent approach to fix small chips or cracks however, it doesn’t have the strength to restore large surface areas.

What should I know before I choose to have cosmetic bonding?

Bonding can be a treatment of choice in many scenarios; however there are a few weaknesses we like our patients to understand. First of all, the material is a bonding resin, which means it does not have the strength of porcelain.  Over time bonding resins can stain and become darker in color compared to our natural teeth. Have you ever seen a person with a corner of their tooth that looks darker? At one time that bonding blended perfectly. Porcelain unlike bonding does not stain. Cosmetic bonding is not a bad approach to fixing a problem, but it must be used to fix the right problem.