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Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth to restore or improve person’s smile.

Composite resin bonding may be used to repair chipped teeth or provide a new surface over teeth. When composites are applied to the entire tooth surface to improve the aesthetics of teeth, this type of tooth restoration is referred to as composite veneers. When the damage or chip is restored in small portion of the tooth, the dental bonding restoration is known as dental fillings.

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Restore Teeth in One Visit with Dental Bonding

Composite resins may be used to repair chipped, cracked, damaged teeth and for diastema closure. Simply email us or walk-in for a checkup and free consultation.  

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Benefits of Dental Bonding

  • Repairs decayed teeth. Composite resins fill tooth cavities.
  • Dental bonding restores small chipped or cracked teeth
  • It can improves the appearance of discolored teeth or make cosmetic improvements.
  • Minor gaps and spaces between teeth may be closed or used for diastema closure.
  • It can make teeth look longer
  • Composites can change the color and shape of teeth
  • Lighten stains by covering with dental bonding 
  • Corrects mild crooked teeth to a certain degree
  • A cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
  • Protects a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums have receded

Procedure for Dental Bonding

  1. First evaluation and bonding tooth preparation
    • A shade guide to select a composite resin color that closely match the color of your tooth
    • the surface of the tooth will be roughened and a conditioning liquid applied to help the bonding material adhere to the tooth
  2. Application of bonding resin
    • The composite resin is then applied, molded and smoothed to the desired shape
    • Light is used to harden the material
    • After the material is hardened, the resin is further trimmed, shaped and polished to match the tooth surface
  3. Care of the dental bonding
    • Brush and floss the veneer as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist

Step 1

Tooth bonding preparation

Step 2

Application of bonding

Step 3

Care of tooth bonding

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Recovery Expectations

Since teeth bonding does not result in the removal of any tooth structure, there should be little or no sensitivity.

Postcare Instructions for Dental Bonding

Simply follow good oral hygiene practices.

  • Brush at least twice a day. It is good practice to brush after eating and before bedtime.
  • Floss at least once to twice a day.
  • Rinse with fluoride rinse before bed. Swish the fluoride rinse vigorously in your mouth for at least one minute. Do not swallow any of the rinse and do not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes
  • Be careful about chewing toffees, gum, grainy rolls and tough food in this area
  • See your dentist for regular professional check-ups and cleanings

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Dental Bonding

What are the advantages and disadvantages of dental bonding?

Advantages

 Bonding is among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. Unlike veneers and crowns, which are customized tooth coverings that must be manufactured in a laboratory, bonding usually can be done in one office visit unless several teeth are involved. Another advantage, compared with veneers and crowns, is that the least amount of tooth enamel is removed. Also, unless dental bonding is being performed to fill a cavity, anesthesia is usually not required.

Disadvantages

Although the material used in dental bonding is somewhat stain resistant, it does not resist stains as well as veneers and crowns. Another disadvantage is that the bonding materials do not last as long nor are as strong as other restorative procedures, such as crowns, veneers, or fillings. Additionally, bonding materials can chip and break off the tooth.

Because of some of the limitations of bonding, some dentists view bonding as best suited for small cosmetic changes, for temporary correction of cosmetic defects, and for correction of teeth in areas of very low bite pressure usually at the front teeth. Consult with your dentist about the best cosmetic approach for your particular problem.

Do bonded teeth require special care?

No. Simply follow good oral hygiene practices. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day and see your dentist for regular professional check-ups and cleanings.

Because bonding material can chip, it is important to avoid such habits as biting fingernails; chewing on pens, ice or other hard food objects; or using your bonded teeth as an opener. If you do notice any sharp edges on a bonded tooth or if your tooth feels odd when you bite down, call your dentist.

How long does bonding material lasts?

The lifespan of bonding materials depends on how much bonding was done and your oral habits. Typically, however, bonding material lasts from 3 years up to about 10 years before needing to be touched up or replaced.

Can I use teeth bonding for diastema closure or close gaps between teeth?

Yes if the gap between teeth is not significantly large, dental bonding may be used to close these gaps. If however the gap is wide, veneers or crowns may be recommended. 

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Conclusion – Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a collective term for tooth restorations using composite resin material. When composites is used to fill removed tooth decay, they are referred as dental fillings. When they are applied over teeth provide for a new front tooth surface, they are known as composite veneers. Composites can be used to repair small chips in teeth or close small gaps between teeth. Dental fillings, composite veneers are dental bonding treatments.

Composite restorations are used in both cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry. They provide a quick and effective method to repair teeth. Composites are also used as temporaries whilst waiting for final labwork of ceramic crowns, dental bridges or porcelain veneers.  

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