At Kay's Dental clinic, we are proud of how advanced dentistry has come. We can restore broken or decayed teeth back to full function and beauty. One of the simplest and most affordable ways to improve your smile is with dental bonding.
Dental bonding uses tooth-colored composite resins to restore tooth structure or to camouflage minor defects or flaws such as chips, cracks, discoloration or spacing issues. The tooth-colored material contains a mixture of plastic and glass for a natural look, translucency, and strength. Composite resin fuses with the tooth and becomes part of it.
Though bonding is not as long-lasting as a veneer, it doesn’t require the use of a dental lab and, can usually be done without tooth preparation. Dental bonding is a good option for teeth that are still developing, before committing to a more permanent dental restoration.
The dental bonding procedure near you can usually be completed in one visit because no lab is involved. This entire process should take less than an hour. First, the tooth surface is thoroughly cleaned and etched with an acid gel that opens up pores in the enamel. After the gel is rinsed away, the well-matched tooth-colored composite resin is painted on in a very thin layer. The layer of resin fills in the opened pores and is hardened with a curing light. Layers of the material are built upon each other until the desired thickness is achieved. The composite material is then given the appropriate form using a dental drill. Once the shape is perfect, the tooth will be polished.
Continue to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would after receiving dental bonding. Keep up with your routine dental exams and cleanings twice yearly. This is especially important because composite bonding material absorbs stains just like natural enamel. Teeth bonding can darken, but it won’t respond to whitening treatments. Therefore, if you are considering professional teeth whitening, it is best to do so before getting your teeth bonded so that color of the composite can be appropriately matched.