Bonding involves adhering composite resin material that is matched to the color of the tooth, to the front of the tooth. This is done to repair damage done to the tooth by decay, to alter the alignment of the tooth, close gaps between the teeth, or for cosmetic purposes. First the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to accept the bonding and hold it. A gel is applied to micro etch the tooth surface, and a primer/bond agent is applied so the material adheres to the surface. Then the material itself is placed on the tooth and hardened with intense light. The composite resin material is shaped and polished to get a lustrous finish as a last step.
Why 3V Dental for Your Dental Teeth Bonding Needs?
In order to obtain optimal cosmetic results when deciding upon bonding, it is of utmost importance to choose dentists with years of experience in this realm of dental procedures. Our professionals at 3V Dental Associates do qualify in having extensive experience and expertise in this field.
How Teeth Bonding Can Help
Dental bonding can be a cost-effective solution for teeth that are chipped, stained or broken and, also this procedure is utilized to correct other minor cosmetic dentistry issues. Dental bonding can much improve your overall appearance and confidence without overextending your budget.
In order to bond teeth, a gentle, phosphoric acid will be applied to the teeth which will roughen the surface so that the bonding will hold securely. The cosmetic dentistry of bonding is done relatively easily in which a tooth-colored composite material is adhered to the teeth. It is sculpted, hardened and then polished. A putty-like substance is applied and sculpted to the surface of the tooth and then a special light is used so that the material sets and hardens. Bonding can also be used to fill gaps and used as tooth filling at times for small cavities to enhance cosmetic appearance.
Dental Bonding Procedure and Care
Dependent upon how many teeth require bonding, the procedure can take anywhere from one office visit to several office visits. Bonding will at times be recommended because it can be done in a timely manner, it is less invasive than veneers and crowns and it requires the lease amount of enamel removal. The cost may also be a factor in deciding upon bonding as it is much less expensive than veneers.
Since bonding can discolor over time, it is imperative to practice good oral hygiene and to minimize that which can cause staining such as coffee, tea and red wine. If you are a smoker, this may not be the best option for you. If you are proactive in maintaining your oral health and are careful to avoid tooth chipping, dental bonding may last from 3 – 7 years. Also, note that if you should notice a sharp edge on a bonded tooth, immediately call us and make an appointment as dental bonding can be touched-up and repaired.
Since dentistry of a cosmetic nature requires a certain amount of not only dental skill but artistic skill and ability as well, choose your dental professional wisely……choose 3V Dental Associates and contact our team today to schedule your consultation.
This article has been reviewed and/or authored by Dr. Irina Kellerman