Bondings are good alternatives to amalgam fillings and are the procedure of choice on several occasions. Since bonding is a cosmetic procedure it can close gaps between teeth as well as improve the color of your smile. Bondings can also be used to protect a portion of the tooth’s root when the gum begins to recede. Bondings can also be used in the following instances:
- To repair decayed teeth
- To improve the appearance of a chipped tooth
- To improve the appearance of discolored teeth
- To even out teeth if one is smaller than the others
It’s important to remember that dental bondings can provide easy and quick fixes to teeth that are not severely damaged. They can help to restore your smile and your confidence.
Bondings are one of the easiest and quickest dental procedures that you can have done in a dentist’s office. It is a cosmetic procedure where a tooth-colored composite resin is applied to the tooth using adhesives and a high-intensity curing light.
Before the dentist applies the resin he or she will choose a shade that closely resembles the shade of the natural teeth so that the finished product is as natural as possible. The procedure gets its name because the composite resin materials are bonded to the tooth. Once the tooth is sanded down and the bonding materials are applied, the dentist will polish them so that they have the same appearance as the other natural teeth. Typically the procedure can be done in one visit (30 to 60 minutes per tooth) and with no anesthesia.
If you and your dentist determine you are a good candidate for dental bondings the next step is to decide which type will be used.
- Direct Composite Bonding: In this type of bonding, a dentist will use tooth-colored composites used to fill cavities or to replace cracks. These materials can be directly applied to the tooth as well. This type of dental procedure is also known as direct composite veneers.
- Adhesive Bonding. As the name suggests, this type of bonding involves attaching bonding materials to the tooth. This is the more common type of bonding procedure mentioned above that involves sanding down the tooth, applying the bonding materials and using an ultraviolet light.
While getting a dental bonding is a fairly easy procedure, it’s important to keep in mind that it may not be for everyone. Bonding materials are not as sturdy as veneers so there is a possibility of them cracking or chipping. You should avoid biting your nails, using your teeth to open anything, and chewing on any hard objects that may cause the bondings to crack.
Bondings are also not resistant to stains and discolorations. Red wine, coffee and tobacco can discolor bondings just as they discolor natural teeth. It’s advised to use toothpaste that removes surface stains to keep any potential staining to a minimum.
In order for bondings to last you need to take care of them just as you would your natural teeth. This means brushing regularly, flossing, and getting regular dental check-ups.
If you want to improve the quality of your smile in a minimally invasive and inexpensive way, dental bondings may be for you. For more information and to see if you are a good candidate, contact us to schedule a consultation.
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