Teeth bonding is one of the easiest restorative procedures that can make a significant difference in your smile aesthetics.
In this procedure, a tooth-coloured resin is applied on the areas of your teeth that are chipped or damaged. The bonding is done using adhesives and a high intensity curing light. It improves the appearance of your teeth, and can also close unsightly gaps. The procedure is not only restorative, but it also provides support to your teeth.
Ideal candidates for teeth bonding are those who have damaged teeth. Teeth can be chipped, discoloured or even cracked. Other problems such as gaps between teeth can be also be corrected. If you have short teeth that make chewing difficult – teeth bonding can make them longer and solve the problem.
Teeth which are crooked or chipped require more care and attention because they can easily get infected. Cleaning them is difficult because of their unevenness. Without thorough and regular cleaning, plaque builds up and can lead to gum diseases and tooth decay. So if you have crooked teeth, it is advisable to opt for a relatively easy procedure like teeth bonding which can indirectly help improve oral hygiene.
How is the procedure done?
This procedure is straightforward and easy, and does not require prior preparation. Most of the time, even anaesthesia is not necessary. But if you have decayed teeth and the bonding is being done to fill them up, then anaesthesia is required. On the whole, it is a simple and painless procedure.
After a dental consultation, our dentist will check the colour of your natural teeth. The resin colour is then chosen to match the teeth colour exactly. A bonding liquid is first applied to the teeth. Then comes the resin and the ultraviolet light to harden it.
After the material hardens, the teeth is shaped to match the natural teeth. The whole procedure will take less than an hour. So you can walk in during your lunch hour and get it done quickly.
Teeth bonding is an easy and cheap way to obtain beautiful teeth.
What are the different types of teeth bonding?
Direct composite bonding: In this type of bonding, tooth coloured materials are used to repair teeth. They can be used to fill the gap between teeth or repair the teeth which are chipped. The material is directly applied to the tooth and shaped to match the natural surrounding teeth.
Adhesive bonding: In this procedure, a bonding liquid is first applied and then the resin. Following this is the ultraviolet light treatment to harden it. Then process is then repeated till the desired shape is attained. This is used for dental crowns, veneers and bridges.
Caring for teeth after bonding
After teeth bonding, no special care is not necessary. Just follow good oral hygiene practices and you’re good. Brush twice a day and floss in the night. This is all you need to keep them clean and debris-free. Mouthwashes also help. And of course, drop in at our clinic for a cleaning and check-up once every six months.
Remember that the bonding material is not stain proof, so it can stain when tea, coffee, wine etc. are consumed, just like natural teeth. Smoking also can affect bonding because nicotine gets absorbed through the pores in the resin and discolour the teeth.
Certain habits such as nail biting, chewing sharp objects like ice etc. will put extra pressure on the teeth and affect the bonding. Crunchy vegetables like carrots may also put pressure on the bonding. How long the bonding will last will depend on how well you take care of it.
Get in touch with our team
To learn more about tooth bonding, get in touch with our team and set up an appointment with our specialist. We will be happy to answer all your questions.
If you are unhappy about gaps, cracks, or stains in your teeth, it’s time for a change. Call us today!