What is Bonding?
Bonding is a tooth-colored resin material using adhesives and a high intensity blue curing light and also the general name for a cosmetic dental procedure that involves reshaping one or more tooth/teeth using composite resin to give teeth a new shape and color. Bonding can also help to close the spaces between teeth. The procedure got its name because the composite resin materials are bonded to the surface of the tooth. Bonding is typically used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored, decayed or chipped tooth.
How is Bonding Done?
As the first step, it is important that you discuss your goals with your cosmetic dentist to make sure that the outcome of the bonding procedure will meet your needs and ideas. After the initial consultation, usually during the same visit, your dentist will etch the tooth to make it rougher for the bonding material to adhere to the surface. After your tooth is prepared, composite resin material will be applied and smoothened and hardened with an ultraviolet curing light. After the bonding hardened, your dentist will carefully shape your tooth to the desired size and form. As the last step, your tooth will be polished for a smooth surface. If done correctly, you won’t be able to see the difference between the bonded tooth and the adjacent ‘real’ ones.
Even though bonding is one of the most cost-efficient, easiest and non-invasive cosmetic dental procedures, it is not suitable for everyone. Please consult your dentist to see if bonding would be a good match for your cosmetic dental needs.
How to take care of bonded teeth?
Colored foods and drinks can easily stain your freshly bonded teeth, so it is important that you avoid drinking tea, coffee, red wine, coke, etc.. in the first 48 hours following the procedure. Bondings can last for several years when they are taken care of properly. Brush your teeth regularly and keep your 6 months dental appointments to have professional cleanings done.