What is Cosmetic Bonding?
Bonding is a term that we use to describe a number of procedures that involve applying composite resin to the tooth in order to change its color and shape. Regardless of its use, it can provide an attractive result. It can really make a drastic change in someone’s appearance.
How is it Performed?
Bonding is a very conservative procedure. It often takes just one visit. Most of the time it does not require the use of anesthesia or drilling. The process involves preparing the tooth surface with an etching solution that allows the composite resin to adhere. To match the color of your teeth, we carefully blend various colors of resins, so the tooth will look natural.
We apply the resin, contour it into the proper shape and harden using a special light or chemical process. It is smoothed and polished to appear natural. Sometimes a follow-up appointment will be required for final polishing and finishing.
Once we finish the procedure, we can no longer change the color of the resin. Just like the color of a porcelain plate cannot change. That is why we should always consider whitening prior to bonding on front teeth. After whitening front teeth we will match the color of the material to a new shade of front teeth.
Uses of Bonding
- Repairing Chipped teeth
- Closing unattractive spaces between the teeth
- Covering discolorations
- Conservative and affordable alternative to porcelain veneers
Because composite material is not as strong as natural tooth enamel, we consider it a semi-permanent procedure.
Composite can chip and we may have to replace it periodically. Bonded areas of the tooth are also prone to stain. For these reasons, bonding requires careful home and professional maintenance. You can help maintain your bonding by following these tips.
- Avoid acids (such as vinegar, tomatoes, or pineapples) and alcohol which can damage the resins.
- Avoid items that can stain bonding material such as cigarettes, coffee, tea, and berries.
- Do not put excess pressure on resins. Chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy can cause damage.