Is an inexpensive procedure, and when combined with teeth whitening, Cosmetic Bondingcan be a great way to restore your smile.
Cosmetic Bonding or Dental Bonding can be used to restore chipped or broken teeth, redefine worn down teeth and close small gaps. Cosmetic Bonding is a quick and painless procedure, often completed in just one visit with no need for injections. An enamel-like material is used as a filler and applied to the tooth.
Cosmetic bonding can be used in the following cases:
- To repair a decayed tooth and fill cavities
- To repair a chipped or broken tooth
- To improve the color of a tooth
- To close small gaps between teeth
- To redefine the edges of a tooth, sometimes to make it look longer
- To change the shape of a tooth
- As an alternative to amalgam or metal fillings
- To protect a tooth’s root where it is exposed as gums recede
Advantages Of Cosmetic Bonding
- A quick and often painless procedure
- Looks and functions like the original tooth
- Little or no tooth reduction is needed
- It is cheaper than porcelain veneers and crowns
- It can be long-lasting with proper maintenance
- Suitable for small cosmetic or temporary corrections
Disadvantages Of Cosmetic Bonding
- The bonding material is stain resistant but does not resist stains as well as crowns or veneers. It will discolor over time
- It is not as strong or lasts as long as crowns, veneers or fillings.
- It can chip and break off the tooth if not properly maintained
- Not suitable for corrections in areas of the mouth with medium to high bite pressure
The original tooth may require a little preparation before the bonding material can be applied. A conditional liquid is applied to help the bonding process. Anesthesia is often not necessary. The bonding material itself is made of a plastic resin and silica filler. It allows for excellent tooth color replication and reliable adhesion. The bonding material is applied and hardened with a special light so that it bonds to the tooth. Then it is shaped to achieve the desired result. The whole procedure can be completed in 30 – 60 minutes.
How to Take Care Of Bonded Teeth
A bonded tooth does not need any special care. You can follow your normal oral hygiene routine i.e. brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing at least once a day and having check-ups and professional cleaning sessions at the clinic very six months. You do need to avoid biting your fingernails, opening bottles or packets with your teeth, chewing on hard objects, food or sweets.
If you follow the above advice, the bonding material can last between 3 – 8 years.
Before & After Photos
Dr Lilian restored my smile after I had chipped my front tooth when I fell whilst out hiking. I am more than happy with the results and the price was very good. Thanks once again!uevo!
Sara - Canada