Have you ever heard of teeth bonding? Today, we want to introduce you to this minimally invasive procedure, considered one of the quickest and most effective ways to improve the aesthetics of the tooth or the whole smile.
First things first: What is teeth bonding?
It’s a process in which a composite resin, made mostly by high-density plastic and inorganic glass, is applied directly to a tooth’s surface to improve its appearance or shape. Dental bonding doesn’t require extensive tooth preparation and rarely uses anaesthesia.
How does teeth bonding work?
Everything starts by choosing the shade that best matches the surrounding teeth. The composite resin is applied and then sculpted by a skilled dentist until it reaches the desired shape or size. The material is hardened with ultraviolet light and polished to give you a great, natural-looking smile that can last for many years.
The complete procedure can take up to 3 hours, but you may need to schedule several visits if you’re getting more than one tooth done.
Is dental bonding for me?
We bet you’ve experienced at least one of these situations:
- After years of nail biting or bruxism – teeth grinding and clenching during the night – you’ve noticed that your teeth are chipped.
- There are spaces between your teeth and you want to close these gaps between them.
- You want to have a harmonious, perfect smile but the difference in teeth size and shape is on your way.
- Years of excessive soft and fruit drinks consumption led to acid erosion of enamel and stains.
- You broke your tooth while practising sports, playing with the kids, eating popcorn or – tut tut – trying to use your mouth to open a bottle of drink.
If you have some imperfection on your teeth and want to get it fixed quickly, then yes, bonding is for you. In comparison with veneers, which must be manufactured in a lab, dental bonding has a lower cost and can be done in a single visit.
Teeth bonding aftercare
After many years, composite resins can become discoloured and absorb stains. Some habits can cause the composite material to chip just as natural teeth do.
- Avoid bad habits such as biting ice cubes, chewing on pens or biting your nails.
- Reduce smoking and the intake of tea, coffee, red wine and coloured soft drinks.
- Maintain a good oral hygiene routine