What Is Tooth Bonding?
Tooth bonding is a common, inexpensive cosmetic procedure where a resin material is attached to the tooth with adhesive and cured with a high powered light. Bonding is typically performed in order to improve the look of chipped or discolored teeth, make teeth longer, close gaps between teeth, change the shape of teeth, fix decaying teeth, and they can even be used to protect an exposed root should the gums recede.
What Is The Prep Work Like?
The prep work for dental bonding is painless and anesthesia is only necessary if the procedure is being performed on a decayed tooth. The dentist will match the shade of the resin to that of your teeth before performing the procedure.
Two Types Of Bonding
Direct Composite Bonding–This is where the dentist will use a colored composite to fill, repair, or shape the teeth being bonded.
Adhesive Bonding–This is where the dentist attaches a resoration to the tooth. This method is typically used in crowns, inlays, bridges, and veneers. First, the dentist will match the shade of your teeth with a color before using an acidic solution to render the surface of your tooth rough. Next, a bonding adhesive will be applied over the surface, then the tooth resin will be deposited and molded into shape before being cured with an ultraviolet light. Afterwards, the tooth is polished until it matches the surrounding teeth.
Maintaining Your Bonded Teeth
Bonded teeth are cared for in much the same way as regular teeth. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash twice per day, preferably after breakfast and dinner, is a solid hygienic regiment. Additionally, booking a routine visit to the dentist on a bi-annual basis (or more often if you need it) is a great way to maintain your bonded teeth–and also great preventative care!
If you have undergone the procedure, please take care to avoid biting down on hard things like pens, fingernails, or ice, as this could chip the material comprising the bonding. If your bond ever feels unnatural or strange make sure to contact your dentist immediately.
Summing It Up
Dental bonding is a quick, inexpensive, and efficient cosmetic procedure that usually does not require anesthesia. However, the material it is made of is not as strong as normal teeth, crowns, or veneers and can chip very easily. On the optimistic side, that as long as you take extra precautions your bondings should last you a few years before they need to be replaced.