Tooth bonding is a procedure performed to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured, and discolored teeth. Bonding is done by applying a tooth colored resin material to the tooth and hardened using a special light to improve or restore a person’s smile.
Bonding can be used to
- repair chipped or cracked teeth
- repair decayed teeth
- close spaces and gaps between teeth
- improve the appearance of stained teeth
- reshape the teeth
- make the teeth look longer
What are the procedures involved in tooth bonding?
- Usually, anesthesia is not really needed unless bonding is performed to fill in a decayed tooth. We will select a composite resin color that will match the color of your natural teeth.
- Then, we will roughen the surface of your tooth and will apply a conditioning liquid. Roughening is necessary so that the bonding material will adhere to the tooth. And then, an ultra violet light will be used to harden the resin. The tooth is then buffed and shaped. The procedure takes 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete.
Bonding is the least expensive and the easiest to perform among all cosmetic dental procedures. Most of the time, bonding is used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. Unlike other cosmetic solutions like veneers and crowns, bonding can be completed in just a single dental visit unless several teeth are involved. This procedure also requires the least amount of enamel to be removed compared to having veneers and crowns.
Does tooth bonding require after care?
A bonded tooth does not require special care but you still need to follow good oral hygiene practices such as proper brushing and flossing. Using mouthwash is also recommended plus your regular dental visits do ensure good oral health. To prevent stains, minimize the consumption of foods such as coffee, tea, wine etc. and use of tobacco.