Dental bonding is a simple treatment that can correct a variety of dental problems
Relatively straightforward, dental bonding can help you improve your smile, your jaw joint health or your oral health in a short time.
Dental bonding is used to:
- Close spaces between teeth
- Cover flaws such as spots or staining
- Repair small cracks or chips
- Change the shape, colour, size or appearance of your teeth
- Repair worn teeth as part of a smile rejuvenation
What’s involved in a dental bonding treatment?
Treatment begins with an enamel-like material that is applied to the surface of your teeth. The bonding material can be made to match the shade, translucency, and texture of your natural teeth.
Usually a one-visit procedure, your tooth or teeth are first prepared by lightly roughening the area upon which the bonding material will be applied. This process is gentle and usually doesn’t require anesthetic. Once prepared, the surface of the tooth is etched with a gel, and the bonding primers and resins are applied to your tooth.
The bonding material itself is a paste-like composite plastic resin that it can be sculpted to the proper shape. It contains pigments that are matched to your natural tooth color, and translucency. This composite is often applied s in several layers so that it replicates the depth of color that occurs in a natural tooth.
The treatment ends with a high-intensity curing light to harden the bonding material.
How long does a dental bonding treatment last?
To make your dental bonding treatment last as long as possible, you need to take care if it. If you do, you shouldn’t need to replace it, but some touch-up work will probably be required after three to five years. Having said that however, how long your dental bonding treatment will last depends on a variety of factors that are unique to you.
In most cases, dental bonding is durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of everyday life. If you have extensive bonding, frequent professional maintenance and cleaning (two to four times per year) will help to protect your bonding, keep it looking good, and make it last longer.
As for home care, make sure you brush and floss faithfully, and avoid eating sweets or starchy foods between meals. Choose gentle cleaning tools. Harsh toothpastes and hard toothbrushes can dull the shine and make your bonding more susceptible to stains.
Is dental bonding the right treatment for you?
Dental bonding can be a quick and economical way to correct minor flaws in your teeth. But it’s not your only choice. With so many effective treatments to choose from, the best way to know for sure is to consult with a dentist.
As assessment of the state of your oral health is an important step to take before undergoing any dental treatment.