Cosmetic bonding can fix crooked, gapped or badly stained teeth. It is a procedure where a dentist reconstructs, reshapes, and conceals tooth defects using composite resins, which are the same color as the tooth.
Cosmetic bonding is a more affordable alternative to veneers and other more complex cosmetic dental treatments. Bonding is also a more conservative option because it requires little or no alteration to your existing teeth.
You can go for cosmetic bonding if you wish to correct any of the following cosmetic flaws:
- Gaps and spaces between teeth
- Stained, yellow, or discolored teeth
- Irregularly shaped teeth
- Cracked or chipped teeth
To save your smile, one of our Dentists will proceed to create a replacement part of the tooth, matching the color of the chipped tooth, and make it whole again.
For a detailed look at how we perform dental bonding, read below:
1. Prepping You Up for the Procedure
If you have a chipped tooth, you will not require any extensive prepping. In most cases, you do not even need a dose of anesthesia. If your tooth is badly damaged, there is fracture near the nerve, or the tooth is sensitive, you will be required to undergo anesthesia. After the reason of why you need dental bonding is established, the dentist will choose a color for the composite resin that best matches the color of your teeth.
2. The Procedure Begins
The dentist will roughen the surface of the tooth and apply phosphoric acid to it. The phosphoric acid will remove the debris and open small bubbles to allow the false teeth to bond to the existing one. The dentist will apply a primer to wet the area and enable the adhesive to flow into the small tubules. After that, the dentist will apply adhesive bonding agent to allow everything to bond securely with each other. At last, the dentist will apply composite resin, blend it, and double-check it to make sure everything is in order.
3. The Final Check
Once the dentist is satisfied with his/her handy work, he/she will put you through another test called the bite test. The dentist will tell you to bite down on something to check if your all your teeth are biting uniformly.
If the color difference is noticeable on the other teeth untreated, we often suggests to whitened your teeth before your bonding work. This way, your teeth are at their whitest when the bonding resin is color-matched. If you keep your teeth white with touch-up treatments and good dental care, your natural and bonded teeth will continue to match.
Dental bonding is one of several types of restorative treatments used for both health and cosmetic purposes. The natural-looking resin used in bonding can even be used instead of traditional metal fillings, to repair a chipped tooth or even change the dimensions of a tooth that needs cosmetic repair.