Dental bonding is a treatment that uses composite resin to repair or improve the appearance of your teeth. It’s called bonding because the resin is bonded to your teeth using adhesives and a high-intensity light that hardens the resin.
If you don’t like the looks of traditional dental amalgam fillings, you can have cavities filled with composite resin, which looks like your natural tooth. Dental bonding is often used for cosmetic purposes because it covers discolored and chipped teeth. It also works for closing gaps between teeth, changing the shape of teeth, or making them look longer.
Dental bonding is one of the least expensive options available if you want a cosmetic procedure to improve your smile. Bonding generally lasts up to 10 years, but its longevity depends on which teeth were bonded and your overall dental health.
Front teeth don’t take as much wear-and-tear as molars that constantly chew food, so bonding on your front teeth will last longer. If you grind your teeth when you sleep or chew on hard objects like ice, the extra pressure may shorten the life of dental bonding.
The process of dental bonding is fast compared to other cosmetic procedures and doesn’t require anesthesia unless it’s being used to fill a decayed tooth. You also won’t need to go through a lot of preparation time because little or none of the existing tooth enamel needs to be removed.
After a dental examination, the process begins with the doctor choosing a composite resin that matches the color of the tooth being treated. Then the doctor roughens the surface of the tooth slightly and applies a conditioning liquid that creates a strong bond with the resin.
The resin has a texture like putty, so it’s easily molded and smoothed until it’s the desired shape. Finally, Dr. Brayman uses a special LED light to harden the resin. The entire process only takes about 30 minutes for one tooth, but you may want to spread it out over several visits if multiple teeth are being treated.
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