Learn about dental bonding to improve your smile

September 1, 2019

You cannot even imagine cosmetic dentistry can do a lot for your smile. A great smile can improve your appearance. If your teeth are chipped, cracked, stained, decayed or in an unusual shape, you may not have a confident smile. Such dental problems can be repaired with dental procedures. Everyone may not have the budget to get the different kinds of treatments they want. Dental bonding is one of the best procedures today which not only hide imperfections but also improve the appearance of your smile.

Dental bonding and its procedure

Dental bonding is the use of a tooth-colored resin to cover the dental flaws and improve the smile. It can improve the appearance of a tooth and even multiple teeth. This is a non-expensive, non-invasive and painless cosmetic procedure.

The resin is moldable, so it is easy to trim and shape around the tooth until you get the desired look. The high-intensity light is used to harden the resin to the tooth and improve the appearance. Dental bonding is done to-

  • Repair a decaying tooth
  • Dental filling of cavities
  • Hide discolorations and stains
  • Cover gaps between teeth
  • Make teeth appear longer
  • Cover the over-exposed tooth roots

Choose the color of resin that closely matches with your natural teeth, a mild phosphoric acid solution is applied to the surface of the natural tooth. This acid helps the bonding material to stick to the tooth. With the use liquid-bonding agent, putty-like resin is applied which is then molded into the desired shape. The dental bonding is smoothened and resin is polished. This procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete.

Dental bonding offers several benefits-

  • It can be completed in a single visit, unlike dental veneers which are made in a lab.
  • Very less amount of enamel needs to remove from the tooth as compared to crowns and veneers.
  • Anaesthesia is not necessary if the purpose of the bonding is dental filling.

On the other hand, the resin used is neither stain-resistant nor as strong as crowns. Therefore, in the first 48 hours, you cannot eat or drink anything that can stain the resin. This includes tea, coffee and red wine. You need to have regular cleaning to minimize staining.

Avoid chewing on ice, biting fingernails or trying open bottles with your teeth. These can cause the resin to chip.

Due to the limitations, dental bonding is considered for small cosmetic changes, temporary correction of cosmetic defects or correction of teeth in areas of low bite pressure.

Bonding does not require any special care. You need to follow good oral hygiene practices.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash after meals
  • Visit the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings

The lifespan of bonding material depends on how much bonding was done and patients oral habits. Usually, bonding material lasts from 3 to 10 years almost before any need for touch up or replacement.

The costs of dental bonding vary depending on the place you live in. It can cost around $100-$400 per tooth. Many dental insurance companies help with the cost of bonding as it is an effective method of protecting the teeth from future damage. Therefore, it improves the appearance of the smile also.

Dental bonding is one of the dental procedures that are used to repair the teeth and give a bright smile. This is preferred over other solutions as it is a lot cheaper. Other dental procedures are complicated, costly and time-consuming. It can be combined with other procedures as well. Start with whitening treatments and end up with a bonding treatment to fill the gaps or restore a chipped tooth.

Dental bonding is a great procedure for improving the smile. Therefore, the best way to take care of your teeth is to practice proper oral hygiene, eat foods rich in calcium, vitamins and minerals and visit the dentist regularly. If your teeth need little work or cosmetic improvements, visit the dentist to learn more about dental bonding and get a perfect smile.