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There are many choices for improving the cosmetics of a person’s smile. One of the first of these options was bonding, which has quite a long history behind it. Today bonding is used to repair chipped teeth or to replace a metal filling with a more natural looking material.
Bonding is accomplished by placing a mixture of resins on the teeth. The color is made to be as close to the surrounding teeth as possible. Bonding in some of its uses is similar to veneers in what they both accomplish but bonding has been around a lot longer.
How Long Has Bonding Been Available?
Bonding was first introduced about 45 years ago. It was meant to be a dental adhesive that would restore teeth and prevent cavities, but there was a problem. These adhesives were placed directly on the enamel but didn’t adhere to it due to what was later named the smear layer interfering. This led to the material cracking and sometimes additional cavities developed on a tooth that had been bonded.
Dr. Michael Buonocore developed the idea that an acid should be used to etch some enamel off to promote the resins bonding to the teeth. Similar attempts by Dr. Buonocone to have them bond on the next layer of tooth – dentin – met with little success. There have been advancements in this process as well but many other products like veneers and tooth implants may make bonding agents being used with either material less used.
Bonding may still be a good option for whitening teeth or repairing chipped teeth. If there are teeth that you believe might need bonding or other restorative procedures such as veneers please contact the Cosmetic and General Dentists in Chicago and let Dr. Anast discuss all of the alternatives with you.