What is Teeth Bonding?
Teeth Bonding consists in a tooth restoration method where a tooth-colored resin material, made of plastic, is applied through the use of a high intensity curing light and adhesives. This procedure is used for cosmetic purposes, to give the teeth a better appearance and it is one of the most simple and least expensive of some others similar cosmetic dentistry treatments.
The teeth bonding procedure is a cosmetic dentistry purpose treatment often used to correct the discoloration of teeth or chipped tooth. It also can bee used in other situations to close spaces between teeth or to change its length, color or shape. The tooth’s root can also be protected using this cosmetic dentistry procedure when it is exposed to gum recession.
A decayed or fractured tooth can be corrected as well by this procedure that represents a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings.
Most Common Uses
Some of the dental issues that can be repaired through this cosmetic dentistry procedure are:
- Spaces between teeth
- Tooth decay
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Cracked or chipped teeth
To improve the appearance of your teeth with this procedure it is not necessary to apply anesthesia unless the procedure is being performed to repair a tooth decay. First, your dentist will pick the resin color that matches the natural color of your teeth and then he will rough the surface of your tooth doing a slight etch on its surface.
Before applying the resin that matches the color of your teeth, the dentist will coat your teeth with a conditioning liquid that helps the bonding material to adhere to the tooth.
When applying the putty-like resin the material is molded until it reaches the proper shade that fits with the natural color of the teeth and then using an ultraviolet light the dentist will harden the resin.
To conclude this process that can take up to 30 minutes or more, the dentist will trim and shape the resin to finally polish the plastic material until its sheen matches the rest of the natural tooth surface.
Bonded Teeth Care
The resin used to repair the teeth is not as strong as real teeth or as other materials used in restorative cosmetic dentistry procedures like veneers, fillings or crowns. This material can also be chipped or stained with more facility, requiring to be repaired few years after getting the procedure done.
To take care of your bonded teeth avoid biting your fingernails, chewing pens or any other material that can break the plastic material used to improve the appearance of your teeth.
The resin can be stained easily, to avoid the apparition of stains in your bonded tooth avoid the consumption of any food or beverage like tea or coffee, as well as smoking tobacco, especially 48 hours after getting the procedure done.
To keep your bonded teeth well cared it is also very important to maintain good hygiene habits, brushing and flossing your teeth often, as well as having them cleaned by a dental hygienist once in while.