Cosmetic bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately bonds the material to the tooth to improve or restore ones smile.
Dental bonding is an option to repair decayed teeth, repair chipped or cracked teeth, improve the appearance of discolored teeth, to close spaces between the teeth, or to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed from gums receding, to name a few.
Dental bonding is among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. Bonding can usually be done in one office visit unless there are multiple teeth involved. The lifespan of bonding materials for the teeth depends on how much bonding was done and your oral habits. Typically, it lasts from three years up to about ten years before needing to be touched up or replaced.
USES OF COSMETIC BONDING
Repair chipped or cracked teeth
Repair decayed teeth
Close spaces between the teeth
Change the shape of teeth
Improve the appearance of yellow or discolored teeth
It can be a cosmetic alternative to fillings
To protect a portion of a tooth's root that has been exposed due to receding gums
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR COSMETIC BONDING?
Unlike other procedures, little to no preparation is required for cosmetic bonding. Most of the time anesthesia is not required either. First, we'll match the shade of your existing tooth to select a resin color that closely matches the color of your normal teeth. Finally, we'll go through the process of bonding the composite to your tooth and polishing it to match the sheen of your teeth. This process usually takes anywhere from thirty to sixty minutes.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR COSMETIC BONDS
Cosmetic bonds require similar care as your teeth. They do not require any special type of care. Maintain the strength of them by maintaining healthy oral hygiene.
Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day will help maintain oral health of your teeth and bonds. Regularly use an antiseptic mouthwash for further care. Be sure to attend your regular dental exams with our dentists so we can pinpoint any issues early, such as a cracked bond. Avoid bad oral habits like biting your fingernails, pens, ice, or other hard food objects that could damage the bonding. If you think you may have damaged your bonding, then give us a call so we can take a look and fix the problem right away.
HOW LONG DO THE BONDS LAST?
The lifespan of cosmetic bonds can vary depending on your oral habits. They usually last anywhere from three to ten years before they need to be touched up or replaced. Keep up with proper oral hygiene habits to prolong the life of your dental bonds.
WHY CHOOSE COSMETIC BONDING?
Cosmetic bonding is one of the cheapest and easiest cosmetic dental procedure. It can usually be completed in one visit, unless several teeth need bonding. Another advantage is that it is a minimally invasive procedure compared to veneers and crowns. Dental bonding requires the least amount of enamel removal between the three. Anesthesia is also usually not required unless the bonding is used to fill a cavity or decaying tooth.
GIVE US A CALL FOR COSMETIC BONDING
Do you think cosmetic bonding is the solution you are looking for? Call our office and our team will help you decide. Check out our contact page to get directions to our practice and to view our operating hours.