What is Dental Bonding?
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, dental bonding might be just the solution you’re looking for. Dental bonding involves the application of tooth-colored material to repair and disguise chipped, gappy, or uneven teeth.
As well as restoring chips and cracks, dental bonding can also be used to offer a non- invasive smile makeover. Dentists will apply a layer of bonding to the surface of your most visible teeth to improve their color and give a more uniform appearance.
Bonding can be used for many of the same reasons as veneers, but unlike veneers (which often require multiple dental visits and lengthy laboratory waits), bonding can usually be completed in a single visit. The speed of the procedure makes it a great choice for patients looking for a quick and inexpensive way to improve their smiles.
Benefits of Dental Bonding
Dental bonding can offer a quick solution to some common dental concerns, including:
1) Filling cavities
2) Repairing chips
3) Filling in gaps between teeth
4) Lengthening small teeth
5) Refining the shape of teeth
6) Protecting tooth roots exposed by gum recession
7) Improving the look of mildly discolored or stained teeth
The Dental Bonding Process
Most dental bonding procedures can be completed in a single visit. Occasionally, follow up visits may be required for more extensive procedures, but your dentist will let you know in advance if this will be the case. A typical dental bonding procedure will involve the following steps: –
Before the Procedure
Dental bonding usually involves little to no advance preparation. if the procedure is likely to involve any discomfort (for example, if it’s being used to repair a cavity, of if the tooth needs to be drilled to alter its shape), your dentist may offer anesthesia. To ensure the most natural and aesthetically pleasing result, your dentist will consult a shade chart to choose a composite resin that matches your tooth color as closely as possible.
During the Procedure
The process starts with your dentist using a rubber dam to isolate the teeth. This helps prevent saliva from getting in the way of the process. Next, your dentist will slightly abrade the surface of the tooth using a phosphoric acid solution. The acid is not painful but will roughen the surface of the tooth just enough to help the composite material bind to it. After 15 seconds, the acid is wiped away, and a liquid bonding agent is added. Next up is the composite resin, which is applied in stages to the surface of the tooth, before being shaped and sculpted to match the tooth’s natural contours. To harden and set the material, a high-intensity light or laser is used. Finally, the material will be trimmed, shaped, and polished. The process usually takes about 30 minutes per tooth.
Pros and Cons of Dental Bonding
Minimally invasive: dental bonding is one the most minimally invasive corrective dental procedures available. Unlike crowns or veneers, which require the removal of tooth enamel to make room for the restoration, bonding does not affect the natural integrity of the tooth. For patients concerned about the long-term commitment required from other procedures, bonding can be a great solution.
Inexpensive: the materials used in dental bonding are readily and cheaply available, meaning you can improve your smile without worrying about breaking the bank.
Quick: although follow up appointments may occasionally be required in the case of extensive or complicated work, most dental bonding procedures can be completed in just one visit.
Solves multiple dental concerns: dental bonding can be used for many different requirements, from correcting the shape or appearance of teeth, to fill in gaps, to improving color, to filling in cavities.
Can stain: while veneers and crowns are resistant to the discoloring effects of tea and coffee, dental bonding material tends to pick up stains over time. To minimize the problem, avoid consuming tea, coffee, or red wine for the first 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. If you’re a smoker, either quit before having the procedure or consider a different form of treatment entirely. If you don’t, the porous quality of the bonding material will absorb the toxins in the cigarette smoke, leaving you with a dingy, yellowing smile.
Can chip: dental bonding material is not as durable as restorations like crowns or veneers, and can chip or crack if exposed to strong biting forces. This makes it unsuitable for use on back teeth. On the other hand, dental bonding can be great for correcting and improving the appearance of front teeth, which are not subject to the same pressures as those at the back.
Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Bonding
How long does dental bonding material last?
Dental bonding materials typically last for a minimum of 3 years. If you maintain a good dental hygiene routine and attend regular dental check- ups, you can expect the bonding to last for up to 10 years before it needs to be touched up or replaced.
What’s the best way to look after bonded teeth?
One of the advantages of bonded teeth is that they don’t require much special attention. Good oral hygiene is recommended to maintain overall dental health, so make sure to brush, floss, and use an antiseptic mouthwash twice a day. You should also attend regular dental and hygienist checkups.
One thing to note is that bonding material can chip if it’s exposed to certain stresses. If you’re a habitual nail biter, or have a tendency to use your teeth to open packets and bottles, now might be the time to stop. If you do accidentally chip the material, or notice any sharp edges develop, be sure to see your dentist as soon as possible for a touch-up.
Is dental bonding painful?
The dental bonding process itself is painless. Sometimes, the bonded tooth can feel a little sensitive for a short time after treatment, but any discomfit will quickly pass.
Is dental bonding suitable for me?
Typically, dental bonding is suitable for anyone looking to make minor, cosmetic improvements to their teeth, whether that’s to change their color, their shape, or even their length. You might also benefit from the procedure if you’d like to fill any small gaps between your teeth, or just want a more uniform smile.
Dental bonding may not be the right solution if your teeth are badly decayed, or if you require treatment on your back molars. If this is the case, your dentist may recommend alternative treatments and restorations (such as crowns), which offer a stronger and more durable solution.
Before any procedure, your dentist will perform a thorough assessment of your teeth and mouth to make sure you are a suitable candidate. Following the examination, your dentist will speak to you about what you hope to achieve through treatment and confirm whether dental bonding is the best means of getting the results you want.
Can you bleach teeth after dental bonding?
Bleaching will only change the color of the teeth; it will have no effect on the color of the bonding material. If you want to whiten your teeth, it’s recommended you complete the bleaching treatment prior to the bonding procedure. Your dentist will then be able to match the bonding material to your new, whiter shade and ensure a uniform color.
Is there a minimum age for dental bonding treatment?
There are no age restrictions for receiving the treatment. If you’re old enough to visit a dentist, you’re old enough for dental bonding!
What dental concerns can dental bonding help with?
Dental bonding is an excellent technique to address minor dental defects, such as chips, gaps, or mild discoloration.
Will people be able to tell I’ve had dental bonding?
The composite materials used in dental bonding are designed to match the natural color of your teeth. Your dentist will use a shade chart to ensure a good match between the bonding material and your natural teeth. Provided you use a dentist with experience in the procedure, no one will be able to tell you’ve had dental bonding.
Does the procedure require multiple trips to the dentist?
Absolutely not. One of the advantages of dental bonding is how quick it is. A single visit to the dentist is usually all that’s required, with the procedure taking around 30 minutes per tooth.
Which is best, veneers or dental bonding?
Dental bonding and veneers are two very different procedures. Which of the two is best will really depend on your specific dental requirements, and what you want to achieve from the treatment.
While dental bonding treatment is an excellent solution to many dental concerns, its results are less radical than veneers. If you want a complete smile makeover, dental bonding may not be the best solution.
Veneers are thin shells, usually made of porcelain or ceramic, that are fitted over the front of a tooth. Veneers completely conceal the tooth, and will successfully mask any flaws or stains. Veneers make a great choice if your teeth have moderate to severe staining, or if want a treatment that offers dramatic results.
Dental bonding is great at correcting minor flaws and blemishes, as well as refining the size or shape of teeth. However, it’s not recommended for teeth that are severely stained, or that are badly misaligned.
Another point to consider when deciding between veneers and dental bonding is the level of commitment involved in each treatment. Veneers are an invasive treatment which requires the removal of a portion of the tooth’s enamel to make room for the veneer. Veneers are a permanent commitment; enamel removal is an irreversible process, and the treated tooth will always need to be protected with a dental restoration. Dental bonding, on the other hand, is not invasive and is a completely reversible process. Unlike veneers, you’re not committed to renewing dental bonding unless you want to.
As always, the best way to establish the correct treatment for your needs is to speak to a dentist. They will assess your dental needs, listen to what you want to achieve from treatment, and from there, advise on the best procedure.
Choosing the Right Dentist for your Dental Bonding Treatment
If you want to achieve optimal results from dental bonding, it’s vital you choose a dentist who’s fully qualified. Dr. Mogharei is an expert in the field of dental bonding and has gained extensive experience in the procedure through the course of his career.
Over the years, thousands of satisfied patients have trusted Dr. Mogharei to restore their smiles through dental bonding, making him a safe, reliable choice for your treatment. Join our ranks of happy patients by booking your consultation with Dr.Mogharei today.