Dental Bonding Makes Small Smile Blemishes Go Away
Dental bonding, otherwise known as tooth bonding, is an effective option for treating cosmetically damaged teeth. The process is used to fill and cover chips, fractures, decay, gaps, and discoloration in teeth. It is a simple, easy, and non-invasive process that will improve your smile.
The process of dental bonding uses a specially formulated composite resin. This resin is applied in and over the affected areas. From the outset, the dentist will examine your teeth to find a bonding solution that matches the color of your teeth. Once they do so, they can begin to prepare the tooth or teeth for application.
Preparation for dental bonding is easy and pain-free. The dentist or dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth. The dentist will then slightly rough the surface enamel of your teeth to ensure the resin develops a strong bond. They will cover the teeth in a solution that facilitates the bond as well, to make sure that the resin bonds to the tooth as strongly as possible.
After preparation, the dentist will apply the dental bonding to the tooth or teeth in question. They will apply the resin and give it a preliminary shaping. Once applied, the dentist uses a UV light that makes the resin harden and completes the bond of the resin to the tooth. At this point, the dentist can fully shape the resin to its final form.
Dental bonding is an easy and effective alternative to more involved treatments like veneers and crowns, depending on your needs and the severity of aesthetic damage. The entire process can be completed in one visit. Dental bonding can last up to 10 years before being redone, depending on an individual patient’s eating and chewing tendencies. Your dentist can inform you of best-practices for maintaining dental bonding for years to come and practicing good oral hygiene.