Bonding includes the application of tooth-colored resin onto an existing tooth. It is used for cosmetic reasons so that a discolored tooth appears white, or a chipped tooth can become repaired. Some patients consider this procedure to close spaces between teeth or to change the shape of certain teeth as well. Bonding involves adhesives and a curing light to quicken the hardening process.
Two Forms of Dental Bonding:
Boding requires little preparation and causes no pain to patients. Since it is possible to select between a wide range of color choices, a dentist will match the shade of the material to a patient's existing teeth so that the end results are flawless.
- Direct Composite Bonding. This process uses natural-looking materials to fill cracks, repair chips, erase gaps, or build up damaged teeth. The resin is directly applied to the tooth's structure and sculpted to appear natural.
- Adhesive Bonding. This process involves the attachment of a restoration to a tooth. After a color is selected, a tooth's surface is roughened to provide a welcoming surface for the bonding agent. A bonding liquid is brushed over the tooth before a "putty-like" resin is placed on top. This is molded and smoothed for desired results. The shape of a tooth can be completely changed without much effort. This resin is hardened with a curing light. When finished, the tooth is polished to a gleaming shine.
During a consultation, a dentist will determine what issues can be solved with a bonding procedure. Teeth and gums will be examined for extensive damage. If repairs are minimal, this procedure may be the answer to a patient's cosmetic dental needs.
Advantages of Dental Bonding:
Dental bonding brings many benefits to patients. It is one of the least expensive cosmetic procedures available. Since no preparation is required, and curing occurs quickly, the process can be completed in one office visit. The biggest advantages are no pain, and the underlying tooth is not destroyed. With similar veneer or crown applications, the removal of tooth enamel is necessary. This is not the case with a bonding procedure.
Unfortunately, bonding materials do not resist stains as well as crowns. This means it is smart to avoid food and beverages that cause teeth to discolor, including tea, coffee, and wine.
How to Care for a Bonded Tooth:
A bonded tooth requires the same care as a natural tooth. A patient must brush and floss daily and schedule regular dental visits. Since the resin used is less sturdy than natural enamel, it is wise to avoid nail biting, pen chewing, and vigorous grinding.
The professionals at Hoffman Dental provide a number of dental services so that patients can maintain and regain pride in their teeth. Bonding is a quick, painless, and simple cosmetic procedure that transforms broken or damaged teeth in minutes. For more information, call our office today.