Tooth bonding is an application of a tooth-colored composite resin over a misshapen or discolored tooth. The procedure is known as bonding as the material bonds to the tooth and can be considered as a cosmetic equivalent to amalgam fillings in certain cases.
At Enhance Family Dental, bonding helps your teeth appear longer, even, and whiter.
What is Tooth Bonding Used For?
Bonding is the easiest, non-invasive and least expensive cosmetic dental procedure. Unlike veneers, which are fabricated in dental labs, the bonding material is applied directly to the tooth, and the procedure can be finished in a single visit.
The composite resin from which the bonding material is made can be shaped and polished to match your natural teeth. Bonding is usually used to:
Factors to Consider Before a Bonding Procedure
Bonding is a great procedure to get a better smile; however, at Enhance Family Dental, it is not the only option. Bonding procedures work best on areas of the mouth which exert a low bite pressure, like your incisors. It can also work to a limited extent on a tooth which needs only minor repairs. However, if the damage is more extensive, we recommend getting a veneer or crown.
Brian Hill, DDS can help you choose a treatment option that is best suited for you.
What To Expect During a Bonding Procedure
The first step in a bonding procedure is choosing the color of your composite resin from a shade guide. The color should be virtually indistinguishable from the shade of your natural teeth.
Before applying the binding material to your tooth, we will first roughen the surface of the tooth so that the resin can easily adhere to it. This is typically done using special tools and can cause sensitivity. To make you comfortable during the procedure, we may inject you with some local anesthesia.
We will then coat the tooth with a light layer of conditioning liquid which helps the resin bond to the tooth. The resin is then carefully applied to the affected area and shaped. A curing light may also be used to harden the resin, and we may ask you to bite down several times during the procedure to check your bite and determine if more material needs to be smoothed away.
Your tooth may feel a bit strange after the procedure, which is to be expected. However, you will soon get used to the feeling.
Tooth Bonding Aftercare
One important thing to keep in mind is that composite resin is not a very durable material and hence, your tooth bonding may not last as long as veneers or crowns.
It also stains easily and does not respond well to whitening treatments. To prevent your bonding from becoming stained, avoid smoking or excessive use of dark drinks like tea, coffee, red wine, and cola. Also, practice good oral hygiene to ensure your smile looks bright and radiant. Furthermore, do not try to open wrappers with your teeth or crunch on very hard foods as it can crack the composite resin.
Tooth bonding is a wonderful and cost-effective option for fixing your smile. If you feel your smile lacks charm and brilliance, call us at (586) 666-4950 to schedule an appointment.