Dental Bonding is a cosmetic procedure that is used to conceal small imperfections of the teeth like gaps between teeth, broken or chipped teeth etc. affordably and quickly. A tooth coloured composite resin material is applied to the teeth surface and bonded with a special light to restore the aesthetic and functional value of your smile.
What is it used for?
Dental Bonding can be performed very easily and is an affordable process. It is performed to
- Repair Chipped or Cracked teeth.
- Lighten discoloured teeth.
- Close gaps between teeth.
- Repair decayed teeth.
- Change the shape of teeth or make it look longer.
- Protect tooth root that has been exposed on gum recession.
- As an alternative to amalgam fillings.
Not much preparation is required for bonding. Anesthesia is not required in most cases. A shad guide is used to select the colour of composite resin to be used that matches the tooth colour.
The surface of the tooth is polished and conditioned so that the bonding materials get attached easily. The putty-like resin is then applied to the tooth, moulded and shaped as required. Then it is hardened using special light. On hardening it is trimmed, shaped and polished. The entire process takes about 3—60 minutes for each tooth surface.
- Easiest and Least Expensive of all cosmetic dental procedures
- Usually takes only one visit to the dentist whereas veneers and crowns are manufactured in the lab and require multiple visits to the dentist.
- Minimal removal of teeth enamel for preparing the teeth.
- Anesthesia is not required unless filling of the tooth is done.
- NOT resistant to stains
- Not as durable as veneers, crowns or other restorative procedures.
- Biting on hard materials may chip the materials off the tooth.
No special care is required after bonding but good oral hygiene should be practiced. Brushing twice daily, flossing at least once a day and visits to the dentist at least once in six months is essential. It is also important to avoid chewing on hard objects or biting fingernails as it may cause the bonding material to chip.
If taken care of properly bonding materials may last anywhere between 3 to10 years. Because of its limitations, some dentists use it only for minor cosmetic procedures. So if you are considering dental bonding for your cosmetic problem, discuss with our dentists who can suggest you the best possible approach.