Bonding may be just the thing if you are looking for a less expensive cosmetic dental procedure. Bonding can improve the appearance of a chipped or dark tooth, can be used to close gaps between teeth, or change the shape of a tooth by using a tooth-colored composite resin.
Bonding is often used as a cosmetic alternative to silver (“amalgam”) fillings because it can protect the root of the tooth if it has been exposed due to periodontal disease or receding gums. Bonded fillings are also preferable because their light color is much less noticeable than silver.
Here are 5 additional things you should know about bonding:
- Prior to the bonding material being applied, the surface of your tooth will be slightly etched and lightly coated with a conditioning liquid to help the bonding material adhere to your tooth.
- Dr. Green will then apply a soft, tooth-colored resin material, molding and smoothing it until it is the desired shape. The resin material is then hardened with an ultraviolet light or laser.
- Once the resin material hardens, it will be trimmed, shaped and polished it until it matches the rest of your tooth’s surface.
- The good news is bonding can be done in a single dental visit. The procedure usually takes about an hour to complete. However, if you’re having more than one tooth done, you may need to schedule more time or additional visits.
- Bonding resin can stain and is easier to break than other cosmetic treatments, such as veneers. To prevent or minimize stains, avoid drinking coffee, tea, wine or other staining foods and drinks for the first 48 hours after a bonding procedure. To maintain the look of your new bonded teeth, remember to brush and floss twice a day and visit us every 6 months for a professional exam and cleaning.
Schedule an appointment
Dayton friends, if you think you may be a candidate for a bonding procedure and would like to learn more, call to schedule a consultation to discuss your treatment goals. Get your smile on for fall and call (937) 293-3402 today!