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Dental Bonding (Composite Bonding)
Dental bonding on the anterior or front teeth is an excellent method for repairing minor imperfections such as chips and stains. It can also be used to fill gaps between the teeth called diastemas. Although no cosmetic dentistry procedure can take the place of good oral and periodontal hygiene, dental bonding can brighten your smile quickly and easily.
What are some of the most common benefits of dental bonding?
In dental bonding, a composite resin material is applied to the tooth and then sculpted and shaped to cover damaged areas or to fill in gaps. This material comes in several shades so it can be matched to the natural color of your tooth. Bonding usually requires only one visit, so it is less time-consuming and less expensive than other tooth restoration methods.
If you’re considering dental bonding, the following information will provide you with a good introduction to the procedure. For more detailed information about how this procedure will help you, we recommend that you consult a cosmetic dentist with experience in the dental bonding.
What will happen at the initial consultation?
During the consultation, your dentist will talk to you about the changes you would like to make in your appearance. He/she will explain the different options available to you, the procedure itself, and its risks and limitations.
Your dentist will begin with a complete medical history and an examination of your teeth and gums. He/she may also take “before” photos, and give you specific instructions on how to prepare for the procedure.
Take this opportunity to ask all the questions you have about the procedure. Learning everything you can about your options, risks and benefits is the key to making an informed decision. See Questions to ask your dentist below.
How long does it take?
Except in complicated cases, bonding can be accomplished in one visit. The length of the visit will depend on the condition of your teeth and on how much repair work you are having done.
Where is the procedure performed?
This procedure is done in your dentist’s office.
How much pain is there?
The procedure is virtually pain-free, although you may experience some discomfort during the tooth-roughening phase.
What can I expect after dental bonding?
For several weeks after the procedure, you may experience some sensitivity in the treated tooth, but this should diminish with time.
To maintain the results achieved by this procedure, it is important to practice good oral hygiene. Follow these steps to care for your teeth after bonding:
- Keep your teeth clean by brushing and flossing regularly.
- Schedule regular professional cleanings by your dentist or dental hygienist.
- Use gentle toothpastes that are safe for bonded teeth. Ask your dentist for recommendations.
- Slice hard foods like apples and carrots before eating them.
- Avoid chewing on hard objects like fingernails, pencils, or paperclips.