For a fast(er) fix for dental issues that aren’t too serious or substantial, bonding is an in-office solution that can be done on the spot to spruce up a less-than satisfactory smile. Sometimes a major overhaul simply isn’t required; just a touch up is all it takes to make a considerable difference. The bonding process is pain-free and the results look natural.
What Cosmetic Issues Can Bonding Correct?
There are a number of ways bonding can correct someone’s smile. Some of the more common corrections include minor chips, tooth lengthening/reshaping, gaps, cracks, crookedness, discoloration, dullness, etc.
What Is The Bonding Material Made Of?
The bonding material is a layered resin compound. It is crafted to match your tooth in color and form so there’s no evidence it’s even there.
What Is The Bonding Process Like?
The process doesn’t take much time, but the results last long and look great. We will etch the surface of the tooth we’re working on. This light roughening allows for the bonding to better latch on to the tooth for longer lasting results. The resin is a liquid when applied and will harden after it’s placed onto the tooth. Once it sets, we will shape and file the area to your satisfaction and polish it up to a tooth-like shine. This process can be done in one visit, so you’ll leave the office with the smile you’ve been searching for.
Will I Need To Get My Bonding Replaced In The Future?
There are many factors that affect the longevity of dental bonding. It’s quite durable, but it will not last a lifetime. Bonding does have the potential to chip, so take special care of the teeth that are bonded by not chewing on non-food items or using your teeth to open containers, chew on pens, etc. Don’t clench or grind your teeth either. In addition, bonded areas are prone to staining, so keep tabs on what you drink and eat; perhaps eliminate certain items that can stain more readily or plan to brush soon after ingesting these foods. Expect your bonding to last an average of five years. Otherwise, brush and floss like you normally would. There are no other special care requirements to note.