In recent years, cosmetic dentistry has increased in popularity and procedures have become more accessible than ever before. And, when it comes to perfecting a beautiful and healthy smile, there are a whole host of cosmetic dentistry treatments available to enhance your confidence and self-esteem. After all, you always remember a person’s smile, right? Dental bonding is a popular treatment, which can help to improve the appearance of discoloured, chipped, or cracked teeth.
But that’s not all, the process can also make a dramatic difference to your smile – closing the spaces between teeth, changing the shape and length of your teeth, and even being used in conjunction with teeth whitening and teeth straightening treatments.
We’ve created a helpful guide outlining everything you need to know and understand about dental bonding before deciding whether or not it’s for you. Of course, it goes without saying that you should always consult your dentist about the best cosmetic approach for your particular problem.
What are the advantages of dental bonding?
The good news is that dental bonding is one of the easiest and most cost effective dental procedures. But that doesn’t mean that it compromises on high impact results– far from it.
Unlike porcelain veneers and crowns, which need to be customised and manufactured in a lab, dental bonding can often be completed in one visit and it generally only takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes to complete each tooth. Another advantage is that it removes the minimal amount of enamel compared to other treatments.
What are the disadvantages of dental bonding?
Like any treatment, dental bonding also has its disadvantages. A main disadvantage is that, although the materials used in the process are stain resistant to some extent, they do not resists stains as well as crowns and porcelain veneers do. It’s also important to point out that bonding materials do not last as long as other restorative procedures.
Do bonded teeth require special care?
Like any cosmetic dentistry procedure, it’s important that, after your treatment, you continue to take good care of your teeth.
This will not only allow you to optimise their longevity, but it will also ensure that your teeth always look their best post-treatment.
When it comes to maintaining your bonded teeth, you should avoid substances such as tea, coffee, and cigarette smoke as these can stain the resin used in the bonding process. In addition to this, you should brush your teeth frequently and have them professionally cleaned every six months by a dental hygienist.
And, because bonding material can chip or crack, it’s also important to avoid bad habits such as chewing on the end of a pen, biting your nails, or using your teeth to open packages or other objects. If you do notice any sharp edges on your bonded teeth or if any of your teeth feel odd when you bite down, you should always contact your dentist straight away.
More about the procedure…
Thanks to advances in dental technology, cosmetic dental procedures are more accessible and affordable than ever before, especially dental bonding.
However, if you’re concerned about what the procedure involves or simply want to find out a little more about what to expect, we’ve outlined the key stages of the procedure below…
Preparation: Very little preparation is needed prior to dental bonding and aesthesia is often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth.
The bonding process: The procedure is relatively quick and easy compared to other cosmetic dental treatments. The surface of your tooth will be roughened and a conditioning liquid will be applied in order to help the bonding material stick to the tooth.
Next, the tooth-coloured, putty-like resin, called dental composite, will be applied, moulded and smoothed, and a blue light will then be used to harden the material. After the material is hardened, your dentist will trim, shape, and polish it so that it matches the rest of your teeth!