Dental bonding offers the remarkable advantage of restoring imperfect teeth while delivering an aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking smile. The bonding material expertly matches the color of your existing teeth, seamlessly blending in and leaving you with a beautiful, flawless grin that enhances your overall appearance.
One of the key benefits of dental bonding is its minimally invasive nature, ensuring the preservation of your precious enamel and gum tissue. Unlike some other dental treatments, bonding requires only the application of composite resin to the tooth's surface, leaving the surrounding structures untouched and promoting overall dental health.
For individuals seeking cost-effective cosmetic dental solutions, dental bonding stands out as an attractive option. Even for patients on a tight budget, dental bonding offers an accessible way to address various dental concerns, such as minor chips, cracks, or gaps, without compromising on the quality of the results.
Your first dental appointment for dental bonding will be consultative, where you’ll discuss your cosmetic goals and concerns, The dentist will also let you ask any questions you may have about the procedure. They’ll also examine your teeth to determine your suitability for dental bonding.
Next, the dentist will compare your tooth’s color to a color guide to select composite resin material that mimics your tooth’s color. After, they’ll smear a mild etching acid on your teeth using a tiny brush. This acid roughens the tooth’s surface, increasing its surface area for bonding with the composite resin.
After etching your teeth, the dentist will gently apply the composite resin material on the affected teeth. They’ll do so in layers and, after, mold the composite resin to match your tooth’s natural contours. Next, they’ll use a “blue wand” light to polymerize the composite resin, causing it to harden and secure tightly on the teeth.
Dental bonding lasts three to ten years for most patients. After ten years, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with your dentist to retouch or replace the bonding material. However, it’s worth noting that your bonding can last slightly longer if you take care of them.
Proper care for your bonded teeth involves brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled brush twice daily and flossing them daily. You should also schedule regular checkups with a dentist near you to check the structural integrity of your dental bonding and perform touch-ups whenever necessary.
You can immediately eat after your dental bonding procedure. That’s because we use a special light to cure the bonding material in a matter of seconds. This means you can eat whatever you want directly after treatment. However, we wouldn’t recommend eating foods that are too hard or that might compromise the bonded teeth's structural integrity.
Yes, it’s possible for dental bonding to affect the fit of your retainers or SureSmile aligners. However, the effect of dental bonding on these appliances is minimal at most. Consult with your dentist if you notice your bonded teeth affect the fit of your appliances.