Your Quick Cosmetic Solution
Dentistry offers more than one way to restore decayed or broken teeth to their full function and aesthetic appearance. One of the easiest and most affordable is with direct bonding. It uses a resin that is shaded to match the natural color of your teeth to cover defects such as minor spacing irregularities, discolorations, and chips. At Celebration Family Dental, we can perform your bonding procedure with such precision and skill that it is nearly impossible to identify a bonded tooth from its natural neighbors.
How Direct Bonding Works
The procedure of direct bonding can generally be completed in a single visit to our practice since it does not involve any laboratory work. In fact, the whole procedure takes only about 30 minutes to an hour.
To begin, the tooth on which bonding will be applied is cleaned of all plaque. An acidic gel is etched onto the tooth surface to open up its pores. The gel is then rinsed off, and the bonding material is painted onto the tooth surface and allowed to dry to create a strong micromechanical bond. The bond is then hardened using a special curing light, and once the first layer of bonding material has set, the next layer is painted on, and the process is continued until the desired thickness has been achieved.
Once the tooth looks like its original counterparts and your bite seems normal, a final polishing is given to improve the overall aesthetic appearance of the bonded tooth. Teeth that have undergone bonding should be cared for with daily brushing, flossing, and bi-annual dental cleanings and checkups. An important thing to keep in mind about bonded teeth is that while the composite resin can absorb some amount of staining just like your natural teeth, it will not to whitening treatments. So if you are considering a teeth whitening treatment, it should be done prior to the bonding procedure. Try not to bite on hard foods or on your nails to prevent your newly bonded tooth from chipping. When cared for properly, bonding can keep the cosmetic beauty of your teeth for about ten years.