Dental bonding is a procedure that requires the composite-resin material to make teeth more aesthetically pleasing. This procedure can fill in chips, correct gaps, and reshape teeth that are misshapen. In some cases, bonding can even fix tooth discoloration. Many patients choose bonding over other dental procedures because of affordability and time. Dental bonding typically requires just one visit and no recovery time is needed.
What is the procedure for dental bonding?
The first step is to match the composite-resin material with your teeth. Next, the dentist will lightly etch and condition the receiving tooth to allow for better adhesion. The composite-resin material is applied in layers and shaped accordingly. The bonding is then hardened using an ultraviolet light. Once dry, the tooth is sculpted one last time. Once the tooth is in its final shape, it is polished. The procedure takes about an hour.
How should I care for my teeth after dental bonding?
With proper dental care and maintenance, dental bonding should last as long as 10 years. Keep your teeth in good shape by brushing and flossing daily. This will help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Avoid eating hard food to keep your dental bonding from chipping and breaking. Dental bonding is not stain-resistant, so you might want to avoid beverages such as coffee and red wine.
Dental bonding works well for many patients with teeth imperfections. It is recommended that you consider teeth whitening before having dental bonding, fillings, bridges, crowns, or veneers done. Because teeth whitening does not work well on these procedures, whitening your teeth beforehand will avoid mismatching dental work.
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