Bonding is usually used for filling chips, fractures or gaps between teeth, or for fixing discolouration. A composite resin is attached to a tooth and shaped to restore its original appearance. The colour of the resin is matched to your teeth, so it will appear as though it is a natural part of the tooth.
Tooth bonding can also increase the size of a tooth. For example, maybe you have a tooth that’s shorter than the rest, and you want them all to be the same length.
Sometimes, bonding also is used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, or to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede.
How do we tackle Cosmetic Bonding at 33 Dental?
We use high-quality composites which mimic the natural tooth material giving our patients excellent aesthetics and cosmetic results.
Composite bonding can usually be carried out in just one visit. It’s a fast and effective way to fix minor cosmetic issues.
No preparation is needed for bonding. Anaesthesia often is not necessary, unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. Your dentist will use a shade guide to select the composite resin colour that will match the colour of the tooth most closely.
Once your dentist has chosen the colour, he or she will slightly abrade or etch the surface of the tooth to roughen it. The tooth will be coated lightly with a conditioning liquid, which helps the bonding material adhere.
When the tooth is prepared, your dentist will apply the tooth-coloured, putty-like resin. The resin is moulded and smoothed until it’s the proper shape. Then the material is hardened with an ultraviolet light or laser.
After the bonding material hardens, your dentist will further trim and shape it. Then he or she will polish the material until it matches the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
How long does Cosmetic Bonding take?
It usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour to complete the procedure. If you’re having more than one tooth done, you may need to schedule several visits.
Bonding is also a non-invasive procedure. Compared to alternatives such as crowns and veneers, where part of the tooth is permanently removed.
Composite bonding can make cosmetic improvements to your smile quickly, without causing further damage to your teeth.
Composite bonding can be a cheaper alternative to crowns or veneers. It’s also a less invasive process and can be completed in just one appointment. And with regular brushing and good oral hygiene, your composite bonds should last for years.
It can also be a solution for staining in teeth and fillings. Whilst also being used alongside teeth whitening treatments to help you achieve a brighter, whiter smile.
If you are planning to have composite bonding, the dentist will typically recommend that you have any teeth whitening treatments first. The composite resin will be selected to match your teeth’ colour, so it is advisable to get them to your preferred shade before treatment for bonding begins. Once the composite bond has been placed, it is not possible to whiten it further.
The composite resin used in many cosmetic dental procedures such as cosmetic bonding also has the advantage of bonding and expanding with your natural teeth. This reduces the likelihood of fractures and cracks occurring as is common with amalgam materials.
Here are some self-care tips to help extend the life of your bonded teeth
- Brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily
- Avoiding hard food and candy
- Not biting your nails
- Avoiding coffee, tea, and tobacco for the first two days after the procedure to avoid stains
- Scheduling regular dental cleanings every six months
A healthy smile is a confidence booster. If you have discolouration, a chipped tooth, or a gap and you’re looking for an inexpensive repair, you can book in with us for a consultation.
We can determine whether this procedure is right for you, and if not, recommend other options to improve the appearance of your teeth.