- by Dr. Ravneet Dhillon
- October 28, 2022
Our teeth allow us to bite and chew our food. They are responsible for our unique smiles. These incredibly strong tools given to us need to be cared for and preserved.
Many times, some rogue incidents, hard food, or health issues can render our teeth weak and prone to damage.
Cosmetic dental bonding is one of the safest and quickest dental procedures to fix issues like cracks, chips, gaps, etc., in teeth.
Those with good oral hygiene and minor tooth damage get the best results. Your dentist can tell you when this procedure is best for you.
Dental bonding for front teeth is one of the most sought-after treatments. Book your appointment now.
What is Dental Bonding?
This procedure is also called composite bonding. Sometimes a dentist may call it teeth bonding. This procedure is cosmetic in nature but it may prevent further damage and add some strength to your weak tooth/teeth.
The tooth-coloured resin material is used for the procedure typically without or with minimal removal of enamel.
This helps to change the size, shape, or color of the teeth. This can restore or enhance your smile while also repairing the decayed teeth. Gaps can be closed which helps prevent decay.
Why is Dental Bonding Performed?
It is a cosmetic, restorative, and curative treatment with many potential benefits.
These are some of the scenarios where this procedure may be recommended by the dentists
● For repairing decaying teeth and filling cavities
● For concealing chips or cracks
● Dental bonding for gaps is used to minimize the space between teeth which helps to prevent cavities and also enhance the appearance.
● Tooth discoloration may be masked by a thin layer of resin
● Change the tooth shape
● To make teeth look longer than they are
● As an amalgam filling in place of silver or other materials for a better aesthetic appeal
● To cover the roots in case of receding gums as a protective treatment
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How Does Dental Bonding Work?
It is a simple procedure that is safe and painless. An experienced dentist can maximize the benefits of this procedure for a patient.
Touch-ups will not be required too soon or frequently when an expert dentist performs this procedure.
Your teeth and gum will be examined before starting the treatment. If other issues are present, like infection, gum disease, or cavities, those need to be treated before this procedure.
Process of Dental Bonding
● Your dentist will match the color of the composite resin material according to your natural teeth color. The aim is to provide a restoration that looks as natural as possible.
● The surface of the tooth is prepared by making it rough. This is done so that the material adheres strongly to your tooth. After roughening, a conditioning liquid is applied.
● In the next step, the composite resin material is applied and molded to your tooth. It is made smooth and the desired shape is achieved.
● The next step involves the curing of this material usually with the help of UV light. The resin hardens and becomes strong. A strong bond is created with your tooth through this step.
● The above steps give the desired results. If needed, some polishing and adjustments may be done.
This is a safe procedure without any risks. It is cheaper and has advantages over other treatments like veneer. It is reversible as well. The process takes anywhere between 30-60 minutes with a single session enough for one tooth.
Advantages of Dental or Teeth Bonding
● This is a quick and comfortable treatment that is usually pain-free and completed in one session
● Dental bonding does not typically include any major teeth alterations or removal of the tooth enamel making it minimally invasive and very safe
● It is a highly versatile treatment suitable for a number of cosmetic and other dental issues
● It is amongst the most cost-effective dental treatments
● This treatment can be easily reversed
How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?
For any cosmetic or non-cosmetic dental procedure, it is important to know the duration for which these will last and the frequency of touch-ups.
The greatest advantage of dental bonding procedures is that they can last for many years. A touch-up is usually required after three or more years.
You can rest assured that with proper care you will need a replacement or a touch-up between three to ten years.
Is Dental Bonding Painful?
The nerve endings are inside the teeth and are generally untouched by this procedure. Thus, it is a painless process.
Anesthesia is usually not required. People who have very sensitive teeth may be given over-the-counter painkillers or specially formulated toothpaste.
What Is the Recovery Time After This Procedure?
Whether you are getting dental bonding for gaps or any other reason, you can resume your daily activities immediately. There is no recovery time involved specifically with this procedure.
Is Dental Bonding for Enamel Loss an Appropriate Choice?
This can be a great treatment alternative as the hardened composite bonding material will strengthen the teeth.
The exposed portion is covered by the bonding material which reduces sensitivity as well as prevents any further damage to the weakened teeth.
This fast, simple, safe, and cost-effective procedure can add an additional layer to your teeth.
How to Care for Bonded Teeth?
Your natural teeth are stronger than repaired or restored teeth. So, even with the best treatment, you need to take good care of your oral hygiene.
Some instructions are the same for natural teeth and treated teeth while some special care is needed after cosmetic dental bonding.
● Avoid chewing or biting on hard foods and surfaces as this can cause the bonding material to chip.
● Maintain good oral hygiene
● Avoid drinks and foods which can stain the bonding material
● Brush twice a day with
Is It a Good Decision to Get Dental Bonding for the Front Teeth?
It is a safe and long-lasting treatment that can give great results even for front teeth.
Depending upon how well you take care of your teeth, your biting habits, and the location of the bonding treatment, it will last for 3-10 years just like that for other teeth.
It can repair damages while also correcting imperfections. Consult our experts at Morgan Hill Dentistry now to find out if this is the right treatment for you.