What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding can be used as a restorative or cosmetic dental procedure.
Restorative dental bonding procedures may include repairing teeth that are chipped, discolored, or otherwise broken.
Cosmetic dental bonding may be used as an alternative to teeth veneers or to help with discoloration and gapping of the teeth.
How Does Dental Bonding Work?
Dental bonding is an in-and-out procedure, often requiring a single visit, and most times anesthesia is not needed. Cases that involve anesthesia are often due to dramatic changes in the shapes of teeth or the proximity of the case to nerves. Once the dentist chooses a composite resin color that is as close as possible to the color of your tooth, the dentist will prepare to bond it to the tooth. First, the dentist will lightly etch the surface of the tooth so that the bonding liquid will more easily and securely stick. The composite resin is then added to the specific area, molded, and set by a UV light. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed, and polished to a natural appearance.
Taking Care of Your Bonded Teeth
Nothing is as strong as your natural teeth and enamel; therefore, although bonding is a great option to repair or cosmetically enhance the teeth, you still need to take good care of them. Avoid chewing extremely hard foods and candies. Bonding stains more easily than natural teeth, so you are more likely to experience discoloration if you drink coffee, wines, or smoke. Make sure you keep your teeth clean. Bonding typically lasts three to five years before the need for repair.