If you are looking for a quick, affordable way to restore small imperfections in your teeth, bonding is the way to go.
Dental bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin to your teeth. This resin, which is a durable plastic material, adheres to the surface of the teeth with the help of a special light. It helps to restore and improve your smile.
When will the dentist recommend using a bonding agent?
The dentist will recommend applying the resin in specific situations:
- The dentist can apply a composite resin to fill in a cavity and restore the shape and strength of the tooth.
- The resin can help repair and reshape a chipped or cracked tooth.
- A layer of resin can cover up discoloration and stains on the tooth.
- Resin can help close up wide spaces between teeth. It can also lengthen short teeth.
- It can be used to protect the root of the tooth that gum disease may have exposed.
Dental resin is quick and easy to apply. It also costs less than crowns or veneers, if you are looking for a way to improve your smile on a budget. The entire process can usually be done in a single visit. It also has the advantage of not needing to have tooth enamel removed prior to application like a crown or a veneer would.
Caring for Bonded Teeth
Once you have dental resin applied, caring for it is pretty easy. Routine oral care, like brushing a couple of times a day and flossing once a day, will take care of most issues. Routine dental care from the dentist and dental hygienist will keep them looking good.
It is very important to avoid habits that may damage the bonding material on your teeth. Fingernail biting is a good example of this. Other things to avoid include is chewing on pens and ice, or using your teeth as an opener.
How does Bonding Work?
The procedure for applying the resin to your teeth is pretty simple. The dentist will determine what shade of resin is required. Then he will roughen the surface of the tooth and apply a conditioning liquid. He will then apply the resin and mold it to the desired shape. Once it is to the desired shape, the dentist will use a UV light to activate the hardening agent in the resin. The last step is to trim and shape the tooth, giving it a final polish.