Dental bonding is a procedure consisting of a tooth-colored resin material being bonded to the teeth. The purpose of the dental bonding procedure is to repair teeth, change them, or close any gaps between them. Essentially, it is a method of either restoring or improving the smile of an individual. It can be used to repair decayed teeth, repair cracked or chipped teeth, make teeth look longer, and to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede.
In regards to the process, first a shade guide is used to select a composite resin (a durable plastic material), which closely matches the color of your teeth. Then, the surface of your tooth is roughened following which a conditioning liquid is applied. These steps serve as assistance towards ensuring that the bonding substance will stick to the teeth. Following this, the tooth-colored material is applied, molded, and smoothened to the desired shape of the tooth. Then, the resin is hardened with a special light which ends up bonding the material to the surface of your teeth. In the end, your dentist will trip, shape, and polish the bonded material to match the gloss of the rest of the teeth. This procedure usually takes around 30 – 60 minutes to reach a point of completion.
Side effects of dental bonding consist of how the material used in dental bonding is not very stain resistant, and therefore, it does not resist stains as well as crowns. Furthermore, bonding materials generally do not last as long as other methods to restore teeth, and they can chip and break off the teeth. Thus, this is considered as a good resort in situations in which a temporary correction of cosmetic defects are required, and for the correction of teeth in areas of very-low bit pressure.
Dental bonding is one of the easiest and least expensive cosmetic procedures. It can usually take place within one visit to the office unless there are several teeth which need to be fixed. Another advantage to this is that the least amount of teeth enamel is removed in comparison to other dental cosmetic procedures. Furthermore, unless dental bonding is being used for the purpose of filling a cavity, anesthesia is usually not needed. Dental bonding does not require special care when it is done, and only good oral hygiene practices need to be followed. It is crucial to avoid habits such as biting fingernails, chewing on ice, pens, or other hard objects. Furthermore, how long bonding materials last depends on how much bonding was done and one’s oral habits as well. Bonding materials usually last from three to ten years before they need to be touched up, or replaced. If one ever notices any sharp edges on a bonded tooth, or if your teeth feels odd, it is essential for you to contact your dentist immediately.
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