Cosmetic Dental Bonding
If your teeth are chipped, broken, cracked, have slight gaps, or are discolored, your dentist can provide a number of treatment options. One of the simplest cosmetic solutions, dental bonding can enhance the appearance of your front teeth and transform your smile in a single dental visit.
- What is it?
- Bonding is to be used to repair a decayed, squatted, broken or discolored tooth by using a colored composite resin (plastic). In contrast to veneers, which are produced in a laboratory, that require a custom mould to fit well, bonding can be performed in a single visit. The reason for the name “bonding” is because the material is connected to the tooth and becomes part of the new tooth.
- What is it used for?
- Bonding is one of the most useful cosmetic dental processes, and is also one of the easiest and cheapest. The composite resin used to bond the adjacent teeth is designed and polished, so as to match the surrounding teeth, or pre-existing tooth. The most common way to enhance the appearance of discolored or chipped tooth for cosmetic purposes is by binding it. Binding can also be used to close spaces between teeth, make teeth look longer or alter teeth's shape or colour.
- Bonding is sometimes also used to safeguard a part of the tooth's root subjected, to the gum as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings.
- How does the process work?
- Your dentist will use a shade guide to pick the resin color composite that is most appropriate for the color of the desired tooth. Once the color is selected, your dentist will graft the surface of your tooth to make it more smooth. A liquid conditioning, which aids in the bonding material to the tooth and allowing it to adhere, is lightly placed on the tooth.
- Your dentist will then applies the tooth-colored, gel-like resin when the tooth is ready. The resin is shaped and smoothed to the right form. The material is then hardened by a UV or laser.
- Then, your dentist will further trim and shape the bonding material after hardening. The material is then polished until it fits in with the brightness of the remaining tooth surface.
- The operation generally lasts approximately 30 minutes to an hour. You may need to plan multiple visits if you have more than one tooth done.
- Afterwards and follow ups:
- The resin is able to be stained by tea, coffee, smoking cigarettes, and other materials. In order to prevent or minimize stains, foods that may stain for the first 48 hours after any composite operation must not be eaten or drinken until that window of time is over.. Brush your teeth frequently, and visit your dentist often to follow up on the procedure.
- The bonding composite is not as powerful as a natural tooth. You can chip the surface by biting or chewing on ice, nails, pens, etc.. Bonding normally only lasts several years, before reparation is necessary. The amount of time that your bonding will stay in good condition is correlated to your, oral practices, and that will be what determines the true amount of time that your bonding will stay good for.