It is a fact that your smile is often the first thing people notice about you, which is why you should love and feel confident in it. For a variety of reasons, many people experience tooth decay, fractured or chipped teeth, discoloration, or even irregular spacing at some point in their lifetime. All of these conditions change the look and function of your smile, and can negatively affect your confidence and daily life. Fortunately, there is a quick and simple procedure called tooth bonding that just may be the answer.
What Exactly is Tooth Bonding?
Tooth bonding is a procedure in which a dentist uses special resins that actually bond to your tooth to correct imperfections. These resins are usually made of a combination of plastics and glass, and can be produced in a wide variety of shades to better match your teeth. Bonding can be used to fix chipped teeth, close small gaps, or correct discoloration and give you the bright smile you have been dreaming of. The whole process generally takes about 30 minutes to an hour and can be accomplished with just one visit.
First your dentist will clean the tooth to be bonded to ensure it is plaque-free.
Then the tooth needs to be “etched” by using an acidic gel to open up the pores so that the resin can bond to it. This is part of what makes the process different from fillings or veneers; the resin is essentially becoming part of the tooth.
Once it has been etched, it is time for the application of the first layer of resin that has been matched to your teeth’s shade for the most seamless look. This application is followed with use of a special light or laser to help the resin cure, or harden. The resin application and curing are repeated until the necessary thickness of the bonding is reached.
Your dentist will then use tools to trim and shape the tooth to ensure there are no irregularities or sharp edges. Once the shaping is complete, you are done; no anesthesia necessary, and you have a camera-ready smile!
How Long Does Bonding Last?
When properly cared for, bonded teeth can last up to 10 years. Like our own teeth, bonded teeth can be stained by things like coffee, tea, and red wine, and should be brushed and flossed daily. In the event that you notice any sharp edges on a bonded tooth, a visit to your dentist can easily fix the problem.
Overall, tooth bonding is a quick, easy procedure that is generally less costly than other options and delivers beautiful, lasting results that will give you the confidence to let your smile free. If you would like to know more about tooth bonding, please contact us.