Everything You Need to Know About Dental Bonding
Many of us may have natural imperfections like gaps in our teeth or chipped teeth from biting on a hard substance or injuries. Regardless of the type of dental flaws, it can affect your confidence levels and make you hide your smile. It can also be quite painful, increase your risk of decay and infections, or make it challenging to eat and speak.
If you are looking to fix these imperfections, dental bonding may be your ideal solution!
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding, also known as teeth bonding or composite bonding, is a simple cosmetic dental procedure. It uses a tooth-coloured composite resin material to patch up the minor imperfections that life throws your way. It’s a non-invasive and cost-effective procedure that makes smile transformations more accessible. The composite resin material is carefully matched to the colour of your natural teeth and meticulously shaped and polished to give your smile a seamless, natural-looking finish.
Why Choose Dental Bonding?
Now, you might be wondering why you should opt for dental bonding. The answer is simple – because dental bonding is a versatile and accessible cosmetic treatment that can fix a range of minor dental imperfections such as:
- Chipped or cracked teeth: Dental bonding will restore your smile to its former glory so you don’t have to live with chips or cracks in your teeth and suffer from pain.
- Discolouration: Hide those discoloured teeth and bring back the radiance of your smile with dental bonding.
- Gaps in teeth: Are those stubborn gaps in your teeth preventing you from smiling? Fill the gaps and spaces between your teeth with dental bonding and smile bright without hesitation.
- Change the shape of teeth: If you have a tooth that’s either shorter than the rest or different in appearance, dental bonding can help sculpt your teeth to match the rest. While dental bonding can’t be used to straighten teeth, it can be used to even out slightly misaligned teeth.
What are the Advantages of Dental Bonding?
- It is a minimally invasive process that doesn’t require enamel removal
- Dental bonding is a cost-effective cosmetic procedure that’s both gentle on your teeth and wallet
- It can be used to address a range of cosmetic imperfections
- It is a fast and convenient treatment that doesn’t require multiple appointments
- Dental bonding is reversible because it doesn’t require enamel removal
- A natural-looking solution to fix minor dental imperfections
The Dental Bonding Process
The teeth bonding procedure is straightforward and can be completed in just one visit to our dental practice. Before the process begins, our dentist will assess your oral health and sit down with you to discuss your smile goals. We will take dental X-rays to ensure your eligibility for this process, and if you have dental problems like tooth decay or gum disease, we will address these issues first.
Here’s a brief look at how the dental bonding process works:
1. Selecting the perfect shade
Dental bonding is all about fixing those imperfections and giving your smile a natural appearance. To do that, our dentist will select the most suitable shade of composite resin material that matches the colour of your natural teeth.
2. Preparing your tooth
To ensure the bonding material sticks well to your tooth, our dentists will prepare the surface of your tooth before applying a liquid gel that acts as an adhesive for the bonding material.
3. Applying the composite resin material
The composite resin material will be applied to your tooth and moulded to perfection to achieve the desired shape.
4. Curing the bonding material
The composite resin material will then be hardened using a special curing light. This ensures that the material is properly bonded to the tooth.
5. Polishing the tooth
For the final touch, our dentist will make those last adjustments and polish your tooth to give it a natural-looking shine.
With this straightforward, pain-free and quick process, you’ll be in and out of our clinic with a dazzling new smile in no time! It only takes between 30 to 60 minutes per tooth. What’s more? Dental bonding requires zero downtime, meaning you can get right back to your daily activities. However, once the process is complete, you may experience some sensitivity for a couple of days. You can quickly ease this discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers.
How to Care For Bonded Teeth?
Now that you’ve got bonded teeth, it’s important to keep it in tip-top shape. With proper maintenance and care, bonded teeth can last up to even 10 years. The good thing about this cosmetic procedure is that your teeth don’t need any extra care after dental bonding. All you need to do is follow good oral hygiene practices.
Here are a few tips to ensure your bonded teeth remain in top shape:
- Brush your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss your teeth daily.
- Avoid biting down on hard foods and substances like sticky candy, fingernails or ice cubes. Even though your bonded tooth is strong, it can still chip if you chew or bite hard items.
- Make sure you avoid food and drinks that can stain your teeth (like coffee and tea) for the first couple of days after bonding.
- Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings with our dentist to ensure your bonded teeth are in good condition.
If you’ve been living with smile imperfections like chips, gaps or discolouration, dental bonding is the perfect solution for you. We know that your smile is unique and that it deserves to be shown off with confidence. So say goodbye to those dental imperfections and hello to a whole new you with dental bonding.
At Studfield Dental Group, we offer a range of cosmetic treatments, including dental bonding, to transform your smile and life. Contact our friendly team to learn more and get started on your journey towards a perfect smile.