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Direct composite bonding is a popular treatment option used in instances (as in repair of chipped or broken teeth) where you want to recreate the original shape of a damaged tooth. When artfully applied, bonding directly to the remaining tooth structure is an excellent, long-lasting way to restore your beautiful smile. Using precision and skill, the bonding is applied in an additive manner, where little or no tooth reduction is needed. The bonding is meticulously shaped and sized, so that the end-result looks exactly like the original tooth and maintains the same strength and resilience as the original enamel.
Consider Dental Bonding to Correct the Following Issues:
- Chipped teeth
- Too much space between teeth
- Short teeth
- Misshaped teeth
- Decayed teeth, an alternative to amalgam fillings
- Exposed root when gums recede
Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Bonding:
- The easiest and least expensive cosmetic procedure
- Can usually be done in one office visit
- The least amount of tooth enamel is removed, compared to veneers and crowns
- Anesthesia is usually not required.
- Bonding material is not as stain resistant as crowns.
- Is not as strong and do not last as long as crowns, veneers, or regular fillings
- Because they are not as strong, the material can chip or break. Dental Bonding is best suited for small cosmetic changes and for areas of low bite pressure, for example, front teeth.
Maintenance of Bonded Teeth
No special care is required for bonded teeth. Simply follow good oral care by brushing twice a day and flossing every day. And don’t forget to have professional cleanings and check-ups regularly.
It is important to avoid anything that might crack or chip your bonded teeth. For example, do not chew on hard objects, such as ice, pens, or fingernails.
What's the Bonding Procedure and How Long Will It Take?
1. Very little preparation is needed for dental bonding. Except in the case of filling a cavity, anesthesia is usually not required.
2. Your dentist will select a composite resin that matches your tooth color using a shade guide.
3. The surface of the tooth will then be roughened and a conditioned. This adheres the bonding material to the tooth.
4. The colored resin is then applied, molded, smoothed and shaped.
5. The material is hardened using ultraviolet light or laser.
6. Your dentist will trim and shape it more to perfect the shape.
7. The tooth is then polished to match the rest of the tooth.
8. The entire procedure only takes about 30 to 60 minutes.