Most people consider dental bonding procedure to fix cavities or broken teeth. It is true, but a partial truth. It is also preferred to improve the appearance of healthy teeth. Dental bonding is applied to a smaller portion of an affected or damaged tooth.
We have outlined a guide for you to help you know more about dental bonding.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Bonding is one of the painless ways to make minor repairs to teeth. In many cases, several teeth can be bonded in one dental visit. The material (composite resin) is used to match the tooth colour of your teeth. Composite resin is put on the tooth, shaped, and hardened with the light to provide a complete tooth structure.
How Is Bonding Used?
Bonding is used to treat a variety of issues that affect the appearance of the teeth.
Cracks and Chipped
There are many instances of tooth damage, such as cracks or fractures that affect your smile. Although the chips and surface cracks may not affect your dental health, they can make you feel conscious when you smile. The severity of the cracks and fractures can be addressed with a dental crown. However, a less serious chip in your tooth’s structure may not need a crown. Tooth bonding fills your chipped teeth with composite resin to repair damage and boost your self-esteem.
Because tooth bonding is carefully tinted to match your healthy tooth colour, the natural appearance of your tooth is retained if your teeth are discoloured. Tooth bonding is often used when the teeth whitening treatment can no longer address the issue. Your dentist will bond the composite resin securely on the tooth to improve the tooth’s overall appearance.
Fill a Gap Between the Tooth
A noticeable gap between two teeth, known as a diastema, can have a dramatic impact on the overall appearance of your face. Sometimes one or more porcelain veneers may be required to fill the gap and improve your smile. You may be able to achieve equally lifelike results with a less complex procedure of tooth bonding.
How Is Dental Bonding Done?
The dentist places a matrix between the tooth being treated and its neighbouring tooth. Matrix is a thin, clear plastic film that protects other teeth from stay composite resin. The dentist then puts a mild chemical on the tooth to make it little rough. The rough surface helps the composite resin to bond and stick to the enamel of the tooth well. The colour matching to your natural teeth is chosen for the bonding to blend with other teeth easily. With the composite resin put on the tooth in layers, it is hardened using UV light. Each layer is hardened. After the last layer is hardened the dentist shapes the entire structure and polishes it to match the shape of the other tooth. The finished look is more natural and smooth. Over time the bonding may wear down, and you may need to touch up with more composite resin.
Much cosmetic dental treatment can be used to restore the natural-like appearance of the teeth. Treatments like teeth whitening and dental bonding can help improve the colour of your smile. Consult your dentist to know if dental bonding is appropriate for your situation.