Teeth bonding—a dentistry procedure where a composite resin that matches your tooth color is applied to your teeth for damage repair. Compared to many cosmetic dental procedures like veneers and crowns, tooth bonding is relatively cost-effective.
Here’s all you need to know!
This dental procedure doesn’t require multiple dentist visits and is simple enough to be completed without the use of anesthesia—unless there’s a cavity that needs to be filled. Your dentist will choose a composite resin whose color closely matches your natural teeth and stick it onto your tooth’s surface using a safe bonding agent before hardening the material using UV light. Our professionals can shape the tooth further after the resin hardens if required.
Tooth bonding is great for fixing imperfections or defects within teeth. You can consider the procedure if you have any of the following concerns:
- Decaying teeth
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Small teeth
- Want to change the shape of teeth
The procedure usually takes around a half-hour to an hour, depending on how many teeth you would like to get bonded. Because of the lack of anesthesia, you’re free to continue with your daily routine as normal after the procedure is done.
There aren’t any major risks involved with dental bonding. It’s important to remember that the composite resin that we use during the procedure isn’t as strong as natural teeth, so make sure to be extra careful when biting down on hard food. The material is more likely to get chipped or separated from your actual tooth than a crown, filling, or veneer.
Stay away from chewing on ice, pencils or pens, hard candy, and even your fingernails. You’ll need to be more careful with smoking or drinking a lot of coffee as well, since the resin can develop discolorations.
You can extend the life of your bonded tooth by taking care of your teeth in these ways:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day while flossing at least once
- Avoiding hard candy and food
- Avoiding tea, coffee, and tobacco for at least the first two days post-procedure to avoid any staining
- Scheduling frequent dental cleanings—around once every six months.
Come in to see us immediately if you accidentally break or chip the bonding material, or if you feel any rough or sharp edges after getting your tooth bonded.