What You Need to Know about Dental Bonding
In dentistry, bonding is a method by which a tooth-colored resin is used to repair decayed, chipped, or discoloured tooth. This durable plastic material is applied and with a special light, hardened such that it bonds the material to the tooth to help restore that megawatt smile.
Dental Bonding Considerations
• Repair decayed teeth
• Repair cracked or chipped teeth
• Close teeth gaps
• Change the shape of the teeth
• Make teeth look longer
• Improve the appearance of discoloured teeth
Procedure in Tooth Bonding
Not much preparation is required prior to tooth bonding. Anesthesia is not needed unless the bonding is going to be used to fill a tooth decay. There is a shade guide used by your dentist so that the resin color will match with your tooth color.
After choosing the shade that is nearest to your tooth, the surface of your tooth will be etched in order to roughen it. There is a conditioning liquid applied to the tooth so that the bonding material will stick to it. The tooth-colored resin will then be applied, molded and shaped accordingly. UV light or laser is used to harden the material. After that, your dentist will trim and shape the material so that it will match with the whole of your teeth.
Dental bonding does not take a long time. Half an hour to an hour is the time consumed by bonding a tooth.
There are substances that can stain the resin such as tea, coffee, and smoking. To minimize staining it is important to avoid food and drinks that can stain during the first 48 hours after the procedure. Observe proper dental hygiene and visit your dentist regularly to maintain the integrity of your teeth.
Advantages of Dental Bonding
This is a very easy and affordable dental procedure as opposed to veneers and crowns. Bonding can be done in just one appointment unless you want to have many teeth bonded. In this procedure, very few enamel is removed from your tooth and there is no need for anesthesia during the procedure.
Disadvantages of Dental Bonding
The resin material used in dental bonding is stain resistant but it is more prone to stains than crowns. Another disadvantage is that bonding materials are not as strong as crowns and veneers. Bonding materials can sometimes chip off the tooth. Avoid biting your fingernails or chewing on pens and ice. The duration of a dental bond will depend on your oral habits.