If your teeth become chipped or cracked or you simply do not like the look of your teeth, there are several options available to transform your old smile into one you can be proud of. One of the most cost effective options is tooth bonding. Our dentist will be happy to discuss with you what your best option is at a consultation.
Tooth bonding is used to repair damaged teeth, protect exposed roots, and for cosmetic purposes, such as changing teeth shape or eliminating gaps between teeth. Bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic dental options, such as crowns or veneers. However, bonded teeth are not as strong or durable as crowned teeth. They are also less resistant to stains than crowns, but they are slightly more resistant than your natural teeth. To help resist staining, it is suggested you avoid any liquid or food that is particularly prone to stain teeth, such as coffee or red wine, for 2 days after a bonding procedure.
Composite resin, like that in white fillings, is used in tooth bonding. This is a soft compound that is easily molded but hardens when cured under ultraviolet light. Since composite resin comes in many shades, bonded teeth can be easily matched to the coloring of your natural teeth.
Bonding is a non-intrusive process and anesthesia is not usually needed. Normally, bonding can be done in one visit and often takes less than an hour per tooth.
The surface of the teeth to be bonded are first abrased to help the resin adhere to the teeth. Then, the resin is applied to each tooth and molded into the appropriate shape. Using an ultraviolet light, the bonding material is cured to harden.
The dentist will then take time to polish the surface of the tooth/teeth and make any final adjustments to the shape. Once complete, your bonded teeth should look and feel just like your natural teeth.