What is Dental Bonding?
Dental or Composite bonding is a way to reshape teeth by carefully adding a composite resin material to the prepared tooth and polishing it to its new shape. It is a great way to easily and quickly transform the way your teeth look.
Everything you need to know about dental bonding
Tooth bonding (dental bonding) is a cosmetic dental procedure that repairs a chipped, cracked, or otherwise broken tooth. It also helps with discolored teeth, gaps between the teeth, and even lengthening a tooth hat’s shorter than the rest. The “bond” is a composite resin the takes over where your tooth broke to make it look as good as new. Unlike a crown (used for fillings), the composite colour will be similar to the colour of the tooth, so it continues to look natural.
Who does Dental Bonding work best for?
Tooth bonding is best for teeth that suffered minor injuries and aren’t severely decayed. If you lost a tooth (or most of a tooth) or the tooth is severely damaged, you may favour a dental implant over bonding. Dental implants replace the tooth and root entirely with an implant and a porcelain crown.
Why Is Composite Bonding Necessary?
Bonding is not necessary, it is purely cosmetic. Bonding does not require the dentist to remove any part of your tooth usually. It is composite material that is glued to your teeth to give them your preferred shape or colour.
What is the Process?
After an initial consultation confirming suitability for this procedure and that the rest of the mouth is healthy, the treatment appointment/s can be arranged. The tooth surface is prepared with a gel. The bonding agent and tooth coloured material is then applied to the tooth’s surface, shaped and sculpted to create the desired effect. The material is set in layers with a blue light. Finally, the composite is polished to achieve a high shine. Subsequent appointments are arranged for further polishing and minor modifications as needed. The composite is matched to the shade of your teeth so that it blends in naturally. Some patients choose to have a course of whitening before treatment in order to lighten their teeth, as composite will not lighten.