Most of us have minor flaws in our smile. When we look in the mirror, it can be tough to notice anything else. Fortunately, advances in dental technology have made it easy and inexpensive to fix common dental problems. Teeth bonding is one such method that uses a tooth-colored composite resin that firmly adheres to tooth material. The popular cosmetic procedure can improve the look of your smile while mimicking the appearance of your natural teeth.
How Teeth Bonding Works
Teeth bonding enables dentists to restore decayed or broken teeth to their full function and beauty. Using tooth-colored materials, bonding can replace missing tooth structure or hide minor tooth defects like gaps, cracks, chips, or discoloration. In some instances, teeth bonding can be used as a cosmetic alternative to traditional amalgam fillings.
Bonding materials are known as composite resins as they contain a mixture of glass and plastic which adds strength and transparency. Once bonded onto the cleaned tooth surface, composite resins become a part of the tooth. Composite resins can be found in a wide range of shades to create a natural look that blends well with the rest of your smile. When performed by an experienced cosmetic dentist, it can be difficult to distinguish a bonded tooth from its neighboring teeth.
Benefits of Teeth Bonding
Dental bonding is a popular solution for anyone looking to improve or store a tooth that has minor damage or imperfections. One of the biggest advantages of teeth bonding is that they can be placed the same day. Anesthesia is typically not needed unless the bonding material is being used to fill a decayed tooth. On average, teeth bonding takes just 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete.
Teeth bonding is also non-invasive. Unlike dental veneers or crowns which require the removal of enamel from the tooth surface, bonding requires the tooth only to be roughened slightly. As enamel cannot grow back once it is removed, it is important for the tooth structure to remain intact. This can be a good decision for people who are unsure how they want to permanently restore their tooth.
Caring for a bonded tooth is easy. Bonded teeth can be brushed and flossed like normal. However, just like your normal teeth, a bonded tooth can sustain damage from anything that could damage a natural tooth, such as biting down on a hard object. You will also want to avoid foods and beverages that can easily stain your teeth bonding, such as tea, red wine, cola, berries, or sauces.
Teeth Bonding Procedure
1. Using a shade guide, your dentist will select a composite resin color to match your natural teeth.
2. Your dentist will then etch the surface of the tooth to roughen it. The roughened tooth surface is then covered with a conditioning liquid that allows the bonding material to adhere better to the tooth.
3. A putty-like resin is then applied to the tooth and molded into its proper shade. The material is hardened with an ultraviolet light.
4. After the resin is hard, your dentist will trim and further shape the tooth. The surface of the tooth is then polished until the sheen of the resin replicates the rest of the tooth.
Teeth Bonding Consultation
Teeth bonding is an economical solution for chipped, broken, or stained teeth, as well as other minor dentistry issues. For more information about teeth bonding, contact Creative Dental for a consultation.