Tooth bonding can often provide a quick and economical treatment option for a variety of cosmetic and dental health concerns. Typically completed in one visit, tooth bonding is often recommended for minor cosmetic concerns and tooth damage. It is not considered a permanent solution. Dr. Freano is an experienced cosmetic dentist and can help patients to achieve natural looking results with tooth bonding.
How Does Tooth Bonding Work?
Cosmetic tooth bonding is basically the same process as a resin dental filling. Dr. Freano will apply a tooth-colored resin directly to the tooth, sculpt it into the desired shape, and cure the material with a special light. Little or no preparation of the tooth is needed.
What Can Tooth Bonding Do?
- Close spaces between teeth
- Repair minor chips or cracks on teeth
- Fix an uneven bite
- Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- Fill tooth cavities
How long will it last?
With proper care and maintenance, you can expect most tooth bonding to last five years or more. Because tooth bonding does not last a lifetime, you may need to revisit the dentist for touch-ups.
How much does tooth bonding cost?
Dental bonding is a relatively affordable procedure and is commonly covered by dental insurance.
3 Options for Fixing an Unbalanced Bite
The obvious fix for an unbalanced bite is to put everything back in balance, but how is that done? It starts with your dentist. He will evaluate the bite problems and your jaw health to determine causes and possible treatment options. He may order x-rays and scans to see what is going on under the surface, too. From there, the treatment plan depends on the scale of the misalignment and the cause.
- Reshaping Teeth – If the bad bite is the result of a few teeth that don’t quite fit, then reshaping is a possible fix. Dental bonding is a corrective procedure that alters the length, shape and positioning of one or two teeth. It improves the smile while making sure all the teeth fit together to give you a tight, healthy bite.
- Orthodontic treatment – Orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign use a series of aligners to straighten teeth. Misalignment is a common cause of a bad bite, and shifting teeth into new positions will balance the alignment, making the bite more natural. Invisalign offers the added benefit of using removable appliances. Patients take them out when they eat and brush, so there are fewer secondary dental problems due to poor oral hygiene. Invisalign treatments last on average for one year.
- Reconstruction – Tooth damage or loss can lead to bite misalignment. The most practical way to fix the problem is to restore your smile. How the dentist goes about reconstructing the teeth depends on the extent of the loss.
- Dental implants replace missing teeth. With an implant, the dentist embeds a post in the jaw that hold a prosthetic tooth.
- Porcelain inlays or onlays can fill damaged areas on the tooth. Just filling cavities or fixing fractures may be enough to restore balance to the bite.
- Dental bridges fill in the gaps. Bridges fill spaces with artificial teeth. In combination with dental implants, a bridge can be a cost-effective option to repair a broken smile.
- Partial dentures are another solution for closing gaps in teeth. The dentist will make an appliance with artificial teeth in order to synchronize with your bite, so you not only restore your smile, but fix a bad alignment, as well.
It is critical to see the dentist right away if you break or lose a tooth. This change is your dental architecture causes the other teeth to shift, and that can lead to more drastic bite problems in the future. Unbalanced bite is a potentially serious medical problem that can lead to jaw trauma, hearing difficulty, breathing issues and headaches. At the very least, it puts strain on the other teeth causing more serious dental problems down the line.