Bonding involves repairing chipped, decayed, discolored or fractured teeth by applying a composite resin to the affected area. Contrary to veneers that are made in a lab to achieve proper fitting, bonding procedures are completed over a single visit.
Here’s a comprehensive guide on bonding procedures and its benefits.
The Need for Dental Bonding
Dental bonding—one of the least expensive and easiest procedures in cosmetic dentistry—is primarily used to enhance the appearance of the teeth. Moreover, the resin used in dental bonding can be polished and shaped according to the surrounding teeth.
The uses of dental bonding include closing gaps between the teeth, making the teeth appear longer and changing their color or shape. In addition to cosmetic purposes, dental bonding can also be used in place of amalgam fillings and to protect the exposed roots of a tooth in case of receding gums.
How It Works
Your dentist will first select a color for the resin that matches the natural color of your teeth. Next, they will roughen the affected tooth’s surface by abrading it. They will then apply a conditioning liquid on the tooth’s surface to aid with the proper adhesion of the bonding material.
After preparing the tooth, your dentist will spread the resin on top of the tooth’s surface—molding and smoothing it until the desired shape is achieved. With the help of a laser or ultraviolet light, the resin is then hardened, after which it’s shaped and trimmed further. Following this, your dentist will then smoothen out the resin and polish it.
Depending on the number of teeth that require bonding, the procedure can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
Dental Bonding Aftercare
· After your dental bonding procedure, avoid consuming tea, coffee or smoking cigarettes, as these substances can stain the resin.
· Keep good oral practices, such as brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing regularly.
· Avoid biting your fingernails or other hard objects as it can chip the bonding material.
· Visit your dentist regularly for routine cleaning and check-ups.
Your dental bonding can last for several years before it needs replacement. However, the longevity of the bonding depends on the quality of the procedure and maintaining good oral hygiene.
If you’re looking for quality dental bonding procedures in Germantown, get in touch with us.
We, at Advanced Dental Center, offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic and family dentistry solutions. Call us at (301) 353-8890 to schedule an appointment.