Made from natural tooth-colored materials, bonding covers up and eliminates imperfections like chips, cracks, stains, and gaps.
Tooth bonding is cosmetic dental procedure that involves applying a custom-tinted composite resin to your teeth
For people who don't want or aren't eligible for veneers, cosmetic bonding is a great alternative. Because bonding is frequently less expensive and doesn't necessarily need removing tooth enamel, many people choose it over veneers.
Unlike veneers, cosmetic dental bonding can be done completely in-house, usually in a visit or two depending on the number of teeth that need to be bonded.
As always it begins with a consultation. Our dentist will then select a color that matches your teeth and prepare the bonding resin. The resin itself is a putty-like material that can be molded into the desired shape. Local anesthesia may be required if the dentist has to drill out and smooth down your tooth or if the affected area is near a nerve. But if you're only getting surface repairs, no anesthesia is needed.
Roughening the tooth's surface is the first step in the bonding process. The next step is for the dentist to apply a solution that will assist the resin adhere to your teeth. The resin will then be applied to your teeth and shaped. The dentist will smooth the resin down before illuminating it with a powerful light. The resin is quickly cured and hardened by this light's UVA wavelengths. The resin will then be trimmed and smoothed out until it feels and looks natural in your mouth. Depending on how much work needs to be done on each tooth, the entire treatment could take up to an hour.
It's crucial to keep in mind that the bonding resin isn't quite as durable as your natural teeth, which are actually tougher than we give them credit for! You will thus need to refrain from engaging in activities that might harm your teeth. Please be wary of teeth grinding, chewing ice, eating hard foods, and other similar instances. Just like a tooth, resin is susceptible to staining from foods and beverages like coffee, wine, & soda. However, resin is not able to be whitened like regular teeth, so keep that in mind.
You may experience some mild sensitivity for a few days. Try to avoid foods with extreme temperatures and take otc painkillers as needed. It should resolve on its own within a few days.
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