Dental bonding has become such a popular treatment option due to the fact that it provides a strong attachment between the tooth's original dentin and enamel and the filling material. As a matter of fact, a person who has gone through dental bonding has teeth looking like the original and functioning just as well. This article looks at the dental bonding procedure, when it is applicable as well as its merits.
The Dental Bonding Process
The bonding procedure involves a tooth-coloured resin material which is commonly a durable plastic that is applied and then hardened using a special light. This completely bonds the material to the tooth structure thereby restoring or improving your smile.
Normally, anesthesia is not used during bonding unless the case involves filling a decayed tooth. To further help the bonding material to stick to the tooth, the tooth surface is usually roughened and thereafter, a conditioning liquid applied. After the material is sufficiently hardened, the dentist trims and shapes your tooth before polishing it to match the rest of the teeth.
Advantages of Dental Bonding
This procedure is among the least expensive and easiest of all dental cosmetic procedures. The time to completion of the dental bonding process is about thirty to sixty minutes for every tooth and all is done in just a single office visit. Unlike crowns and veneers, bonding doesn't involve removal of huge amounts of enamel which means your teeth still remains strong with its natural material.
Caring for Bonded Teeth
You may have heard the things that people with dentures go through when it comes to cleaning and hygiene. In dental bonding, you don't require specialised care; all you need is a simple good oral hygiene discipline. Ensure you brush your teeth daily and do flossing at least once per day. When rinsing, use an antiseptic mouthwash and regularly visit your dentist for professional cleanings and checkups.
Bonding material may from time to time chip. This means habits such as biting fingernails, opening bottles with your teeth, chewing on hard food substances, pens, and ice must be avoided at all times. The moment your teeth feels a bit strange and odd when biting, inform your dentist right away.
Depending on the degree of bonding and your oral habits, bonding materials may last anything from 3 to 10 years before the need for replacement or touch up. Dental bonding is best suited for temporary alignments of cosmetic defects and small cosmetic changes.