What is teeth bonding? How does it work?
To start the process, your dentist uses a shade guide to choose a composite resin colour that closely matches the colour of your natural teeth. Your dentist roughens the tooth’s surface and then applies a liquid that allows the bonding agent to stick to the tooth.
Your dentist applies the composite resin over the liquid, moulds or shapes the tooth, and then harden the material with ultraviolet light.
If necessary, your dentist can further shape the tooth after the resin hardens.
Why get teeth bonding?
Tooth bonding can fix a defect or imperfection within a tooth. Some people use bonding to repair a decayed, cracked, or discoloured tooth. This procedure can also close small gaps in between teeth.
Tooth bonding can also increase the size of a tooth. For example, maybe you have a shorter tooth than the rest, and you want them all to be the same length. Typically, tooth bonding takes between 30 to 60 minutes. Some appointments may run longer depending on the extent of the procedure.
Are there any risks of teeth bonding?
Dental bonding doesn’t have any major risks.
Keep in mind that the composite resin used with this procedure isn’t as strong as your natural teeth.
The material can chip or separate from your real tooth. However, chipping or breaking doesn’t occur as often with a crown, veneer, or filling.
A bonded tooth might chip if you eat ice, chew on pens or pencils, bite your fingernails, or bite down on hard food or candy.
The resin also isn’t as stain-resistant as other dental materials. You may develop some discolouration if you smoke or drink a lot of coffee.
How much does teeth bonding cost?
The cost of tooth bonding varies based on location, the extent of the procedure, and dentist expertise.
Check with your dental insurance provider before scheduling an appointment. Some insurers consider dental bonding a cosmetic procedure and won’t cover the cost.
How to prepare for teeth bonding
Tooth bonding doesn’t require special preparation. But you’ll need to consult your dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.
Bonding might not work if you have severe tooth damage or decay. You may need a veneer or crown instead.
How to care for bonded teeth
Taking care of your teeth helps extend the life of a bonded tooth. Self-care tips include:
- brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily
- avoiding hard food and candy
- not biting your nails
- avoiding coffee, tea, and tobacco for the first two days after the procedure to avoid stains
- scheduling regular dental cleanings every six months
See a dentist if you accidentally chip or break the bonding material or if you feel any sharp or rough edges after the procedure.
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