Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that uses a durable, tooth-colored resin hardened with an ultraviolet light to improve the smile. Individuals with chipped, broken, or badly stained teeth may consider bonding as a restorative cosmetic procedure. Dental bonding is also used to improve the shape of the teeth, eliminate spaces between the teeth, and is often used as an alternative to silver-colored amalgam fillings on highly visible teeth in the front of the mouth.
About the Dental Bonding Procedure
There is little preparation required for dental bonding. Anesthesia is not typically necessary unless the purpose of the dental bonding is to fill a cavity. Regardless of the reason for dental bonding, the first consideration at Cypress Family Dental is patient comfort, so you can always rest assured that you will enjoy a pain-free experience with our dentists.
Before the bonding procedure, the dentist will select a color of composite resin that closely matches the color of your natural teeth. Next, the surface of the tooth or teeth to be bonded is roughened with a liquid to ensure the bonding material adheres properly to your tooth. The resin is then applied and smoothed to the desired shape. Finally, the bonding material is hardened with a light and any additional shaping is done. The bonded area is then polished to match the appearance of your other teeth.
Advantages of Dental Bonding
There are many advantages associated with dental bonding. For starters, it’s an easy cosmetic procedure that’s also affordable. Dental bonding is also a preferred option for many patients because it does not require removal of tooth enamel and it is a fast way to resolve a minor cosmetic dental defect.
Caring for a Bonded Tooth
Bonded teeth do not require special care. Simply maintain good dental hygiene as you would for your natural teeth and your bonded teeth should be fine. This means brushing at least twice daily and flossing at least once per day.
It is advisable to avoid certain hard foods that might cause your bonded tooth to crack or chip. Of course, the same applies to natural teeth, so avoid chewing hard food, candy, ice or anything else that could cause damage. With proper care, a bonded tooth can last a decade or more.