Dental bonding is a simple cosmetic dentistry process in which a tooth-colored durable plastic material is placed on your teeth and made hard with a special light, which is what "bonds" it to your tooth enamel. Once molded into the desired shape and position of the tooth, the resin hardens and lasts for many years.
When do you need to get dental bonding?
Dental bonding is usually done for the following cases:
- To fix the decayed teeth that are used to fill cavities
- To repair cracked or chipped teeth
- To brush up the look of discolored teeth
- To close the space between teeth
- To make teeth appear longer
- To change the shape of teeth
- As an alternative to amalgam fillings in cosmetic
- When gums recede, to protect a portion of the tooth's root that's been exposed
How is tooth bonding done?
The tooth is drilled, for changing its shape, unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. A shade guide is used by the dentist to select a composite resin color that can match the color of your tooth. The dentist then puts a conditioning liquid as the tooth surface will be roughened. In this way, the bonding material sticks and the tooth-colored resin is applied, shaped, and smoothed, which is then hardened by bright laser light. After the material gets to set, the dentist trims and shapes it to make it look better and natural.
What are the benefits of tooth bonding?
Dental bonding has certain benefits such as; It is fast and painless. Relatively inexpensive as well. Dental bonding is much effective and also matches the color of your teeth. If dental bonding is right for your goals or not, it can only be recommended by the dentists.
Is it hard to take care of the bonded teeth?
You don't have to give any special care to the bonded teeth. It is essential to follow the regular oral hygiene:
- Brush your teeth twice a day,
- Floss at least once a day,
- Rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash once or twice a day,
- Get a dental checkup for regular professional cleaning. But, if you notice any sharp edges on your bonded tooth or if it makes you feel odd while biting or eating, you need to consult your dentist.
Call us at (386) 445-6111 or schedule an online appointment with Dr. Jacob for a consultation at our office in Palm Coast, FL.