About Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure. It can restore the beauty of your smile after one of your teeth gets chipped or broken. It also repairs the damage at the same time!
Bonding is one of the easiest, least expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures we perform here in our Vancouver office. It’s a great choice for almost any minor dental repair.
Patients with gaps between their teeth often turn to dental bonding because it adds composite material to teeth on either side of the open space, and creates natural-looking teeth that sit beside each other. This eliminates the gap.
City Square Dental Center has plenty of experience using bonding treatments for all types of repairs. Dental bonding can be used to fix:
- Discolored teeth.
- Chipped or broken teeth.
Dental bonding can also be used to strengthen your teeth and prevent damage, or to improve your smile. Bonding matches the color of your surrounding teeth so it looks completely natural, and our skilled dentist will shape and smooth your bonding so that it feels natural as well.
On top of being effective, bonding is also a relatively simple dental procedure that can be completed without anesthetics, and there is usually no discomfort afterwards. Your tooth will not only be as strong as it once was, it will also look the same as your original tooth.
A Step-By-Step Guide to the Procedure
First, your dentist selects the right shade of composite resin to match the color of your teeth. When the right shade has been selected, your dentist will gently etch your tooth to create a rough surface. This will help the resin better adhere to your tooth.
Next, we apply cosmetic resin. At this stage of the cosmetic dentistry, your City Square Dental Center dentist will smooth and shape the resin to match the shape and appearance of a natural tooth. The resin is then hardened by an ultraviolet light, which bonds it to your tooth.
Once the resin hardens, your dentist finishes smoothing and shaping the bond. Your newly repaired tooth should look and feel exactly like any other tooth.
The Benefits of Bonding
The entire cosmetic dental procedure often takes less than an hour to perform! Bonding is one of the easiest, least expensive dental procedures. It’s a painless procedure that doesn’t even require anesthetics, and there’s generally no discomfort at all afterwards.
Dental bonding is a great way to quickly and affordably repair small imperfections on teeth. In a way, bonding is like a simplified version of a veneer or a crown. While it can’t withstand the kind of abuse that those solutions can, bonding works well in a variety of situations.
When is Dental Bonding Used?
People turn to dental bonding for a variety of reasons. A few of the most common reasons include:
- To fill in a small gap between two teeth
- To repair decayed teeth by filling a cavity with tooth-colored resin
- To change the shape of a tooth
- To repair chips or cracks in teeth
- To cover up discoloration
- To protect the root of a tooth after it’s been exposed by receding gums
- To make a tooth look larger than it is, which is usually done to make it match the other teeth
Is Bonding Right for You?
As promising as dental bonding may sound, there’s no way to know if it’s right for you without consulting with a dentist. Your dentist will be able to analyze the tooth in question to determine whether bonding makes sense.
Keep in mind that bonding isn’t appropriate in all cases. For instance, it can’t be used on teeth that undergo a lot of pressure from biting or chewing. It’s also not appropriate for covering large areas of decay or major damage.
If you have very small imperfections on your teeth, bonding could be the answer. Many people opt for this procedure because it is quick, easy, and affordable. After looking at the tooth, however, the dentist may recommend a veneer or a crown instead. It’s important to follow a dentist’s advice in these matters.
How Long Does Bonding Take?
In most cases, dental bonding takes between 30 and 60 minutes per tooth, but a skilled dentist will take as much time as needed to ensure that your teeth look flawless.
Caring for Bonded Teeth
If you’re concerned about caring for your teeth after undergoing dental bonding, don’t be. You don’t actually have to take any special steps to keep your teeth in good shape.
Just make sure to use good oral hygiene, which includes brushing and flossing at least two times per day. It’s also crucial to come in for regular oral exams and cleanings. During these appointments, the dentist will keep an eye on the bonded areas to make sure that they are holding up well.
In the unlikely event that you notice a problem with your dental bonding, just schedule an appointment with your dentist. Bonding usually lasts three to 10 years, and periodic touch-ups or replacements may be needed.