Dental bonding is a procedure done in cosmetic dentistry to improve someone’s smile. The tooth-colored resin is applied to the teeth and hardened with ultraviolet light. The UV light bonds the material to the teeth and restores their teeth and their smile.
Why might someone need dental bonding?
Bonding might be done on teeth if the patient has cavities, cracks or chips, discoloration, or spaces between teeth. Compared to veneers or crowns, bonding is for less severe dental problems and is one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Since the resin used in bonding is not as strong as the material in a crown, it’s usually only done for small changes. It’s also almost always done on the front teeth since they are in an area with very low bite pressure.
The material used in dental bonding is stain resistant, but it doesn’t stay as white as crowns or veneers. If a patient is looking for a dramatic change and their perfect smile, we will usually recommend those over bonding.
Everyone’s situation is different, and dental bonding can make a big impact on someone’s smile. Especially for such a simple and cost-effective procedure.
What’s the procedure like?
Often with dental bonding, anesthesia is not necessary. This means that with bonding, you could greatly improve your smile without even feeling the sting of the lidocaine needle.
Your dentist will match the shade of your teeth with the composite resin he or she will use.
The tooth will be prepared and roughened a bit, and a conditioning liquid is applied. These steps will help the resin stick. The composite resin has the consistency of a paste or plaster, and it is applied and molded into the perfect shape. Then your dentist or his/her dental assistant will apply the ultraviolet light. This light will harden the composite resin to feel just like a tooth.
Last, your dentist will trim and shape the hardened resin, and finally polish it when it looks right.
There aren’t any major changes to be made to your dental hygiene routine after you have had dental bonding. Simply brush and floss as usual, and take care of your teeth the best you can.